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PLOS announces Accelerating Science Award Program
Date:5/1/2013

San Francisco, CA PLOS, the Public Library of Science, today is launching the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) that recognizes the use of scientific research, published through Open Access, which has led to innovations in any field that benefit society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google.

The ASAP Program recognizes individuals who have used, applied or remixed scientific research to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole. Potential nominees include individuals, teams or groups of collaborators such as scientists, researchers, educators, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, patient advocates, public health workers, and students. There are three top awards of $30,000 each.*

The ASAP Program will illuminate how the unrestricted exchange of information can advance science and medicine, and benefit society. It also aspires to encourage a new generation of individuals to embrace the use and application of scientific research published through Open Access.

"PLOS is delighted to collaborate with two dozen global organizations to highlight the impact that Open Access research has on science, medicine and society," said Gary Ward, Chairman of the Board, PLOS. "We know there are countless examples of individuals who have used Open Access research to accelerate science but these stories often go untold. Through this program, we hope to bring them to the forefront."

The ASAP Program will be judged by an international committee composed of distinguished leaders in multiple fields, including:

  • Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., Minister of Health, Rwanda and faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council (ERC) and Professor emeritus of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich
  • Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media
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Contact: David Knutson
dknutson@plos.org
651-260-8288
Public Library of Science
Source:Eurekalert

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