We have a team comprising the Prize Council, the Pre-screening Committee, and the foundation secretariat to reach out and do rigorous investigations. We will also invite external council members to provide their opinion in that area of expertise to ensure the validity and accuracy of the claims.

There are different ways to measure the impact of an innovation. Sometimes, the impact can be measured in terms of citations, publications, or reports. However, in other cases, it is measured by the real-life impact the innovation brings about. For example, with the Covid vaccine discovery, the impact is substantial and the discovery really changed the world. As another example, a breakthrough in agriculture can lead to better crops and provide more food for people. Those inventions may not have an impact in terms of citations, but they can impact the lives of people.

In such a case, please pick as many relevant SDGs as possible. We do not set limits on how many SDGs you can choose for a nominated invention.
If there is a need for clarification, the Secretariat may contact the nominator.
“Emerging field” is any field that is non-traditional and its researchers may come from different disciplines. In other words, when multiple disciplines are combined to merge and to form something new, that is what we mean by “emerging fields.” Some examples of emerging fields are Quantum Computing or Neuromorphic Computing, Bioelectronics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Biometrics, Quantum Biology, Bioengineering, etc.
What the Foundation looks for is breakthrough scientific discoveries that should be affordable and impactful for many people, especially those from developing countries. It does not matter if the breakthrough is a lifetime achievement or a single scientific publication.
Yes if they have shown impacts on people’s daily lives. We highlight once again that impact is the most critical component of the evaluation criteria, as this is what distinguishes the VinFuture Prize from the Nobel Prize.

The VinFuture Foundation, our Pre-Screening Committee and Prize Council aren’t looking for any particular issues. What we are looking for is any innovation that has an impact on millions of people. For example, in the case of the 2021 Grand Prize Laureates, we certainly cannot overlook the impact of mRNA technology and vaccines on the state of the world. We are keeping an open mind about the areas that the nominations can come from, as long as the innovation can convince the Pre-Screening Committee and Prize Council that it is deserving.

The time period in which the nominated innovations/technologies were created will have no direct impact on the evaluation process. We place a much stronger emphasis on the impact and potential to transform people’s lives now and in the future. As a result, nominators are advised to include detailed information about the nomination’s impact and potential to transform humanity.
We define impact as both current and potential. Thus, research that will have an impact in the future but has not yet been realized is most welcome. We have created a special category for such nominations, titled “For Innovators with Outstanding Achievement in Emerging Fields.” We will remind you that such nominations must also address one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For example, a “qualified-for-nomination” research may focus on developing more affordable food supplies; in that case, the potential solutions can help achieve Goal 2: Zero Hunger, thereby affecting millions of people living in poverty.

We welcome inventions, innovations, ongoing research, and studies that are impactful and have the potential to change the lives of millions or billions of people. We make no restrictions on the finality of the research that is nominated.

No. There is no bias against any country or any other category. When we choose prize winners, we consider their work’s impact and potential to transform humanity. We remain objective in our evaluations and do not discriminate on the basis of a nominee’s background, country of origin, or religious belief. The Foundation adheres to the highest academic and professional standards when evaluating nominations.
We place the greatest emphasis on the nominations’ impact. However, in some cases, modest impact in the development stage or promising potential impact on millions or billions of people in the future should be considered in the VinFuture review process.
We put a great emphasis on the impact on humanity. We believe that science should be affordable and accessible to all people, and the benefits should not just pertain to a particular group or class of people. While we recognize that technology and research have the potential to generate enormous economic rewards, VinFuture Prize still puts humanity at the heart of its mission.
Yes. We expect to get many outstanding submissions on the topic of environmental research, since this is a significant and complex global issue that requires a considerable multidisciplinary scientific effort. We shall note as well that, while VinFuture Prize nominations must coincide with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we make no distinction between countries when it comes to environmental studies. In addition, although proven impacts are required for the Grand Prize, potential impacts are acceptable for the Special Prize categories.
Emerging fields are defined as fields with new technologies or innovative breakthroughs that can demonstrate the potential to address global issues and create a positive impact on humanity and society. While the impact of such research may not be immediate, it should be anticipated within the next 10-20 years.
While we understand the impact and significance of such research, VinFuture Prize is primarily dedicated to recognizing innovative research and technological breakthroughs in STEM.