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.
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.
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.