BYLAW OF THE FUTURE SCIENCE PRIZE
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 Features
The Future Science Award is initiated by The Future Science Awards Foundation Limited.,co-organized by Beijing Huairou Future Forum Technology Development Center (hereinafter referred to as the Future Forum.)
Article 2 Purpose
The purpose of Bylaw of the Future Science Prize are:
To encourage scientific discovery and breakthrough.
To promote the development of science in China.
To enlighten Chinese people's understanding and longing for science.
To stimulate the unlimited potential of China's scientific and technological innovations.
To ensure the objective and impartial nature of the Future Science Prize.
To enhance its credibility and standardize the organization, operation, and bylaw of the awards.
Article 3 Scope of application
The bylaw applies to all types of awards by Future Science Prize.
Article 4 Ambitions
The Future Science Prize aims to reward scientists with outstanding scientific and technological achievements in China (including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.)
Article 5 Principles
The Evaluation process shall be conducted in accordance with the principle (fairness, just, and credibility) in order to ensure the independency of the awards and prevent any organization or individual from going beyond the regulations to interfere with the process.
Article 6 Organs
In carrying out the above principles and purposes and ensuring the impartiality of the awards, the organizations of the Future Science Prize shall consist of:
- the Future Science Prize Donors Congress (hereinafter referred to as the "Donors Congress")
- the Future Science Prize Science Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Science Committee")
- the Future Science Prize Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Executive Committee")
- the Future Science Prize Supervisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Supervisory Committee")
- the Future Science Prize Fundraising Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Fundraising Committee")
It shall be the responsibility of them to manage and supervise the events. The Secretariat, reports to the Executive Committee, is responsible for organizing the evaluation activities of the Awards.
Chapter II Prize
Article 7 Categories of the Prize
The Future Science Prize annually grants three awards: "Life Science Prize", "Physical Science Prize" and "Mathematics and Computer Science Prize". The laureates are announced every September.
Article 8 Targets
- The Life Science Prize shall be awarded to the life-science related topics and applied research.
- The Physical Science Prize shall be awarded to the physical-science related topics and applied research.
- The Mathematics and Computer Science Prize shall be awarded to the mathematics and computer science related basis and applied research.
Article 9 Criteria
The awards and their criteria are as follows:
- significant international impacts
- original and passed the trial of time
- completed mainly in the Greater China region (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. There is no restriction on the nationalities of the nominees).
Article 10 Rewards
The Future Science Prize is a $1 million award, given to annual winners of Life Science Prize, Physical Science Prize, and the Mathematics and Computer Science Prize.
Article 11 Laureates
The number of Laureates is determined by the most prominent person in the same group. Based on the principle, the number of winners per award shall not exceed five.
Chapter III Structure
Article 12 Donors Congress
The Donors Congress is the supreme authority of the Future Science Prize and consists of all Future Science Prize’s donors or their designated surrogates. Meetings of this council shall be held at least one time annually.
The Council shall have the power to:
- Evaluate and approve the Future Science Prize Bylaw and its amendments.
- Evaluate and approve the membership of donors.
- Evaluate and approve the membership of the Science Committee.
- Evaluate and approve the membership of the Supervisory Committee.
- Evaluate and approve the membership of the Fundraising Committee.
- Evaluate and approve all categories and scope of the prize.
- Elect the representative of donors of the Executive Committee.
- Deliberate and approve the annual financial statements and annual work reports.
- Other articles not specified in the bylaw.
The Donors Congress is valid when more than two thirds of donors are present, and congress’s decisions are valid when two thirds of the present donors approve them. When a donor fails to attend the donor conference, he or she may entrust a surrogate to attend through a written invitation. The opinions of the surrogate are regarded as those of the donor.
Article 13 Science Committee
The Science Committee is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the established rules. The list of scientific members is approved by the Donors Congress. Based on the principles, no more than seven Science-Committee members shall be nominated for each award. Members shall be appointed for three-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment for a maximum of two terms. In principle, the change of personnel in the Science Committee shall not exceed one-third of the current number, and resigned members cannot return to the committee within one year.
The Science Committee is divided into three subordinate Award Committees assigned to each of the three awards, responsible for the selection of candidates for the Prize. The annual Awards Committee members are designated by the Science Committee. Each Awards Committee consists of no more than seven members and one Chairman chosen among the members of the committee. Each Awards Committee shall hold at least two meetings during the evaluation period.
Duties of the Awards Committee Chairman:
- Convene and preside the assessment of the nomination work, selection process, and the list of nominees,
- Organize the internal discussion of the Awards Committee.
- Write and confirm external documents of the prize.
- Implement the relevant resolutions of the plenary session of the Science Committee and assure its implementation.
- Assist the Secretariat in organizing the evaluation and promotion of the Awards, including annual press conference, award recipients' academic presentations and other operations during the award ceremony.
With nominations from current Science Committee members, the additions and dismissals in membership of the Science Committee is determined by the ratio 2:1 (nominators to nominees) for committees of all types of award. Subsequently, all nominees are validated by all committee members, successful if over twothirds of them approve. If the approved vote count does not exceed two thirds, then new nominees are needed. For those who have been validated, the order of invitation is based on the vote counts they received. If vote counts are the same, the entire Science Committee will host a meeting determining the order of invitation. Regardless, the chairman of the year has complete authority over the selection process and the order of invitation. The Donors Congress ill finalize the decision on the change in membership before any additions or dismissals can be made.
If a member of the Science Committee does not abide to the law and discipline regarding honesty and morality, the Supervisory Committee may launch an impeachment on him or her. The decision shall be validated by three-fourths of all the members of the Science Committee except the member himself, finalized by the Donors Congress.
If a member of the Science Committee does not carry out his or her duties or proved to be unsuitable as a member, the Science Committee with over two thirds of members approving, can persuade him or her to leave. This decision shall be reviewed and finalized by the Donors Congress.
The Science Committee has a rotating system, and its power is exercised by a chairman elected annually.
The chairman of the Science Committee is required to report to the Donors Congress, thus having the following powers in accordance with the Future Science Prize Bylaw:
- Organizes and presides over the Future Science Prize evaluation.
- Ensures the resolutions of the Science Committee Plenary Assembly are implemented.
- Confirms and signs the relevant external documents on behalf of all Science Committee members.
- Participates in the Executive Committee as a representative of the Science Committee.
Article 14 Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the executive body of the Future Science Prize. It has seven members, consisting of three members of the Science Committee, three Donors Congress representatives, and one Supervisory Committee member. Among them, three members of the Science Committee are appointed by the chairman of each Awards Committee of that year. Representatives of donors and members of the Supervisory Committee are elected by the Donors Congress and the Supervisory Committee respectively. The members of the Executive Committee serve a term of one year and may be reelected.
The responsibilities of the Executive Committee are as follows:
- Responsible for the Future Science Prize evaluation work.
- Responsible for organizing press conferences, awards conferences, seminars and other activities related to the awards.
- Initiate on major issues related to the revision of the bylaw, awards and addition or dismissal of donors, and submit them to the Donors Congress for approval.
- As the only external agency of the Future Science Prize, it is responsible for accepting and handling all kinds of inquiries and bylaw interpretations related to the awards in the community.
- Formulate and submit annual financial statements and work reports.
- Provide advices on the addition and dismissal of Supervisory Committee members.
- Provide advices on the addition and dismissal of Fundraising Committee members.
The Secretariat, serving under the leadership of the Executive Committee, handles routine work to ensure that the Future Science Prize work is done smoothly. Its Secretary-General conducts daily work.
Article 15 Supervisory Committee
Supervisory Committee is responsible for perfecting the bylaw, giving out legal and financial advices, and overseeing the selection process and fund management in order to raise the credibility of the awards among the public and donors. The Supervisory Committee consists of at least one legal officer and one financial auditor. The list of the Supervisory Committee members is approved by the Donors Congress. The nomination or dismissal of the members of the Supervisory Committee is determined by the Executive Committee after Donors Congress’s approval.
Article 16 Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for raising and managing donated funds. Addition or dismissal of its members shall be suggested by the Executive Committee, finalized by the Donors Congress.
Chapter IV Nominators and Candidates
Article 17 Qualified Nominators
Candidates for each award will be selected by nominators, reviewed and approved by the Science Committee, Personal nomination and public recommendation will not be accepted. Nominators recommended by a Science Committee member must be approved and acknowledged by the Science Committee united before he or she is allowed to nominate.
Article 18 Nomination
Each nominator may annually submit nominations valid for up to five years. When the secretariat invites nominators, it is necessary to remind the nominator whether he or she wishes to extend the nomination letter of the past year. If nominator chooses not to do so, he or she needs to inform the Secretariat or submit new nominations. The nomination shall be conducted independently，meaning that a nominee cannot be nominated jointly by more than one nominator.
Article 19 Potential Candidate Changes
Science Committee members do not have the right to nominate for the award. However, if there are omissions or mistakes in any candidate’s work during the evaluation, the Science Committee can make changes to the list of candidates.
Chapter V Evaluation
Article 20 Selection Process
After recommended by nominators, Future Science Prize candidates, no more than three groups for each award, are voted by the Awards Committee for approval; After the candidates have been identified, more than five international experts in that field appointed by the Science Committee will evaluate nominees’ works. The Science Committee members may consider the rotation and balance between the subjects of each award during the evaluation period. Based on the principle, winners from each award cannot be from the same subject of study for three consecutive years.
Through anonymous voting, the final list of laureates is determined by the Science Committee members who received consultation from international experts. If Science Committee believes that candidates this year does not meet the award criteria, with approval from over half of its members, the Science Committee can confirm this year’s laureates for that award vacancy.
Article 21 Laureates
After anonymous voting, the chairman of the Science Committee will notify the laureates by phone and inform them their rights and obligations. They can choose to accept or reject the award. If the winner rejects, the Science Committee will re-vote on the other candidates and determine a new laureate.
In order to promote the spirit of science and expand its influence among young people, the laureates have the obligation to become Scientific Communication Charity Ambassadors and attend Secretariat-hosted academic reports, the award ceremony for the Future Science Prize, and at least two public speeches.
The Laureates should adhere to academic ethics, uphold the spirit of science, abide to the integrity of scientific research, and avoid any actions contrary to the mission and principles of the Future Science Prize.
Article 22 Proactive Disclosure and Principle of Avoidance
The Science Committee members should obey their promise — "credibility above all else" – stated in the Future Science Prize Science Committee Commitment. During the evaluation process, when the Science Committee members first see the nominee list, they should disclose whether or not it has any conflicts of interest, including the relationship between teachers and students, the relationship between relatives and friends and the project cooperation (the project ending period shall not exceed five years), business partnerships, competition and other relationships that may affect the fairness of the evaluation process. The specific procedures for disclosure are formulated by the Executive Committee and monitored by the Supervision Committee.
Science Committee members must waive their qualification to become award candidates during their tenure and within two years after they resign. For members with conflicts of interest, the Supervisory Committee shall determine whether the conflict of interest affects the fairness of the selection process and whether those members should evade whenever matters regarding their conflicting candidates are discussed and forfeit their votes.
Article 23 Confidentiality
All staffs involved in the evaluation of the Future Science Prize (including Science Committee members and Supervisory Committee members) have duty to keep all evaluation work confidential. Confidentiality agreements should be signed with a confidentiality period of fifty years.
Chapter VI Distribution of the Awards
Article 24 Award Ceremony
The Executive Committee is responsible for organizing the award ceremony of the Future Science Prize and revealing to the public the reasons for providing awards and the academic contributions of each of the Laureates.
Chapter VII Supplementary Articles
Article 25 Approval, Revisions and Interpretations of the Bylaw
The Future Science Prize Bylaw shall be revised by the Executive Committee, approved by the Donors Congress, and interpreted by the Executive Committee.
Article 26 Coming into Effect and Implementing
The Future Science Prize Bylaw comes into effect and shall be implemented beginning its promulgation date.
The Future Science Prize, Executive Committee