The H K Prize and the BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize

The H K Prize is an international award that recognizes scientists whose research has had an impressive effect on society. Open to researchers worldwide and selected through an impartial selection process without sponsorship or committee influence, its winners receive both financial rewards as well as international exposure.

This award honors an influential Hong Kong intellectual who dedicated himself to world civilisation. Past recipients have included selfless volunteers helping the homeless, as well as scientists developing liquid biopsy for faster cancer diagnosis. The prize serves as a tribute to his efforts and the pursuit of harmonious societies.

The H K Prize is one of Asia’s premier science awards. As a non-governmental merit-based prize awarded by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, scientists can submit an impactful paper published in an accredited peer-reviewed journal and be considered for this prize – this may include clinical studies, observational or epidemiological articles as well as meta-analyses.

Winners are honored at an awards ceremony held in Hong Kong as well as having access to premier research facilities and international conferences pertinent to their field. In order to be eligible, applications must be received by March 1 in order to compete; there have been 102 shortlisted works selected for jury review that range from gender/sexuality explorations to migration themes.

Friends and colleagues of Dr George B. Endacott (1946-62) established in 1996 a scholarship prize in his memory in order to perpetuate his memory as one of the leading teachers and researchers who was instrumental in revitalizing the Department of History as one of the main teaching and research units at Arts faculty during 1950s.

BOCHK SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PRIZE is a research prize presented by the Board of Hong Kong Alliance of Technology and Innovation to recognize outstanding contributions to scientific research that have had a dramatic effect on R&D outcomes in Hong Kong’s economy. It covers all forms of innovation including artificial intelligence/robotics, life/healthcare, new materials/energy and advanced manufacturing/FinTech; winners (individuals or teams) will receive a cash prize of HK$2,000,000 as well as an award trophy.

In 2021, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers nominated Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement for the Nobel Peace Prize despite long odds against them being successful. Professor Perry Link at University of California Riverside’s nominating effort noted: “Those who choose imprisonment rather than accept what the National Security Law has brought upon Hong Kong cannot be dismissed as mere “seditious”. These courageous men and women truly represent true heroes.” However, freedom in Hong Kong may have diminished but is far from dead yet.