RMB1bilion seed fund to launch China’s Science Exploration Awards

Led by Mr MA Huateng, Founder of TenCent Foundation, and a number of well known Chinese scientists such as YAO Yi, SHI Yigong, YANG Zhenjing, the Science Exploration Award was launched at the end of 2018, with a seed fund of RMB1billion (USD145m) from TenCent. The registration and nomination has already started in Jan 2019.


This award will be conducted annually, selecting 50 winners aged below 45, covering 9 fields of “Maths and Physics, Life Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, New Materials, Electronics Information, Energy and Environmental Protection, Advanced Manufacturing, Transport and Construction Technology and Cross-Discipline Technology”. The Winners will be awarded RMB3 million (USD430K) over 5 years.


The award judges applicants who have conducted research in China full-time and within the highest education qualification in his/her field. The award encourages young scientists to enter into “no man’s land” to explore their areas of research.

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