The key criteria for nominations are as below:

There should be clear evidence, or potential, for an end-product or service based on the solution, which has an everyday practical application;

Solutions should have already benefited millions of people in the past 10 years for the Grand Prize, or have the potential to benefit millions of people in the next 10 years for the Special Prizes;

Solutions should be aligned with one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals;

Solutions must be scientifically proven (i.e., there should be clear evidence of passing relevant scientific trials, and in the case of research, it must be empirically proven or widely reviewed);

Nominations are open to researchers or inventors who were/have been involved in developing the underlying solutions, and not entrepreneurs or corporates who helped/have helped in the commercialization/diffusion of the technology;

End-products of the research should benefit people globally, including those from developing and less developed countries, as well as lower-income and disadvantaged communities;

Nominations are open to individuals or teams of researchers/inventors;

There is a preference for nominees in the active stages of their careers;

The same individual/team can be nominated for one or more of the VinFuture Special Prizes if eligible.

Additional criteria for identifying relevant solutions eligible for nomination include: Research/Solution/Invention can be underpinned in any discipline of science, engineering, or technology, including potentially multi-disciplinary approaches.

This prize is awarded only to researchers or innovators working in a developing country organization. In case of a nomination involving a team, then all the team members should be working in developing countries. The center of gravity of their work should be in developing countries.

The list of the developing countries can be found HERE.

This prize is awarded only to women researchers or innovators, with no restriction on the nationality, age, social status, or economic background of the nominees. For collaboration involving men researchers, only women researchers or innovators will be awarded.

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 ten years.