The names of awardees for the 2020 Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators have been announced, and the Awards Ceremony was held on July 9 (Thursday), with AS President James C. Liao presiding and presenting medals and prizes to the awardees.
This year, there are a total of 10 awardees: 4 from the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, 2 from the Division of Life Sciences, and 4 from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. Each awardee will receive a medal and a NT $200,000 prize, as well as a research grant of NT $300,000.
This award encourages young scholars in Taiwan to publish papers that make major contributions to their research fields. A total of 90 applications were received this year: 43 from the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, 17 from the Division of Life Sciences, and 30 from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. All submissions were strictly reviewed through pre-screening, initial review, secondary review, and final review. Intense competition resulted in the selection of outstanding awardees.
Taiwan only has a small number of national level awards for scholars just starting their careers. In the years following AS’ establishment of Research Award for Junior Investigators in 1996 as a means of encouraging young scholars in Taiwan, this award has earned significant recognition from the academic community, and many previous awardees have gone on to receive other honors throughout their academic careers.
The names of 2020 Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators awardees are listed below:
Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (4)
Liang, Yeong-Cherng, (Associate Professor, Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University)
Huang, Yen-Tsung (Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica)
Chan, Yi-Tsu (Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University)
Chung, Kai-Min (Research Fellow, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica)
Division of Life Sciences (2)
Yao, Chi-Kuang (Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Academia Sinica)
Chang, Ya-Jen (Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica)
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (4)
Ho, Tsung-Hsing, (Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University)
Chang, Ting-Ting (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, National Chengchi University)
Perng, Sung-Yueh (Institute of Science, Technology, and Society, National Yang-Ming University)
Liu, Hsin-Ning (Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Ms. An-Chi Ma, Media Team, Secretariat, Central Administrative Office, Academia Sinica
Mr. Chung-Hui Chuang, Media Team, Secretariat, Central Administrative Office, Academia Sinica