The list of “scientific exploration Award” in 2021 was announced, and the society continued to invest in supporting scientific research talents


On September 13, the list of winners of the third “scientific exploration Award” was officially announced, and 50 young scientists were “listed”, including 8 female scientists. Each of them will receive a total bonus of 3 million yuan from Tencent foundation in the next five years, which can be used freely.
Compared with the past two 100 winners lists, this year’s faces are more diverse. There are not only winners of national important awards, but also many people who have never won any well-known awards; The gender distribution changed significantly, with 8 female winners, the highest in three years; The younger trend is obvious. There are 7 winners aged 35 and below, of which the youngest winner is only 32 years old and was born in 1988; It is more widely distributed. The 50 winners are from 13 cities, and non first tier cities such as Suzhou and Changsha are listed for the first time.
The “scientific exploration Award” was established in 2018 and a total of 150 winners have been selected in the past three years. As a public welfare project led by scientists, the award adheres to the three purposes of facing the future, rewarding potential and encouraging exploration, encourages young scientific and technological talents to explore the “no man’s land” of basic science and cutting-edge technology, and explores the sustainable and stable investment mechanism of social support for basic research talents.
“The key to the self-reliance and self-improvement of science and technology is to rely on young people. The” scientific exploration Award “has done a very good job. We should continue to support the innovation of young scientific and technological talents and make more new contributions to the country.” Xu Kuangdi, academician of the Chinese Academy of engineering, honorary chairman of the presidium of the Chinese Academy of engineering and chairman of the Advisory Committee of the “scientific exploration Award”, commented.
Shi Yigong, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, President of West Lake University and initiator of the “scientific exploration Award”, said, “The ‘scientific exploration award’ focuses on whether the work of young scientists represents the forefront of the world in this field and supports them to do original and leading research that others want to do but can’t do, dare not do. The ‘scientific exploration award’ provides material supplies, spiritual encouragement and value recognition for young scientists to rush to the peak of science.”
The number of female scientists reached a new high, the “little fresh meat” award in 1988, and the 3-year-old exploration award became more and more diverse
According to the Secretariat of this year’s award-winning list, the biggest feature of this year is that the winners are more “diversified” than last year, which also confirms the vigorous development of China’s scientific and technological innovation and the continuous optimization of the ecological environment for talent innovation.
Although the evaluation of the “scientific exploration Award” is “heroes don’t ask the source” , among the 50 winners this year, there are not only winners of various national important awards, but also many who have not won other well-known awards before, but they still show the strength of China’s outstanding young scientists: 94% of the 50 winners have professor or equivalent titles, and 33 have learning or working experience in overseas first-class universities and research institutions.
The “scientific exploration Award” pays special attention to the development of female scientists and young scientists. Under the same conditions, young people and women win. There are 7 winners aged 35 and below this year, of which the youngest winner is only 32 years old. According to this trend, the award is expected to welcome the first “post-90s” soon Scientists. The number of female winners has reached 8, the largest in three years. A series of policies supporting the development of female scientific researchers are achieving results.
The winners of this year’s “scientific exploration Award” come from 33 different institutions in 13 cities, with a wider geographical and institutional distribution. Among them, 16 institutions won the award for the first time, and some winners came from Suzhou, Taiyuan, Changsha and other cities, which is a portrayal of the continuous optimization of the innovation pattern across the country and the further improvement of the strength of local universities and research institutions.
Zhou Xin, a researcher of the Institute of precision measurement science and technology innovation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the winner of the first “scientific exploration Award”, said: “the award rewards many regions and institutions from point to line and from line to surface, reflecting the development of China’s science and technology industry.”
In addition, academic exchanges between Hong Kong, Macao and the mainland have been “heating up”. This year’s “scientific exploration Award” has attracted extensive attention in Hong Kong and Macao. A total of 69 people applied, the number of applicants reached a new high, and the coverage of institutions and fields is more comprehensive. Finally, the three people were “listed”.
Previous winners have come to the fore, and war epidemic and flying show their magic powers
Novel coronavirus pneumonia China was awarded the first “scientific exploration Award” in 2019, and was named “the year’s innovation figure” in Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2020. During the epidemic, he and his team first realized the non-invasive evaluation of lung function damage in discharged patients of new crown pneumonia in the world, providing important technological support for their clinical rehabilitation treatment, and an important supplement to the existing clinical imaging technology.
Another person who won the only two “innovative figures of the year” of the Chinese Academy of sciences last year with him is Lu Chaoyang, a professor at the University of science and technology of China. Lu Chaoyang, who proved the “quantum superiority” with the “nine chapters” of the quantum computing prototype, is also the winner of the first “scientific exploration Award”.
More and more winners of the “scientific exploration Award” are reaping results in their own fields of exploration: Li Tiefeng, a professor of Zhejiang University, appeared on the cover of Nature magazine with “10000 meter deep-sea manipulation software robot” in March this year; Wei Yong, a professor of National University of science and technology, was on the Mars exploration mission “Tianwen 1” As the chief scientist assistant; on the 110th anniversary of Tsinghua University, Professor Zhu Ting of Tsinghua University was named to praise his spirit of free exploration
Over the past three years, from integrated circuits to advanced manufacturing, from brain science to biological breeding, from aerospace technology to deep-sea, more and more winners have started from curiosity and fully demonstrated the valuable qualities of the young generation’s emancipation of mind and courage to explore. More winners have followed the needs of the country and unswervingly promoted economic and social development. They have achieved success through virus detection and drug research and development It not only contributes to the war and epidemic, but also provides scientific assistance for people’s livelihood in pollution prevention and control, high-speed maglev, high-end medical equipment and so on.

Facing the future, rewarding potential and encouraging exploration are the purpose of the “scientific exploration Award” for three years, which has inspired young scientists. Lu Wei, the winner of the 2020 “scientific exploration Award” and a professor of Tsinghua University, said: “in the process of application and award evaluation, applicants are encouraged to freely and boldly put forward research topics according to their own academic judgment, free from routine restrictions such as discipline fields and preliminary preparation, which is a valuable trust and great encouragement.” Li Tiefeng also said: “The spirit of the exploration award is to encourage us to do basic and challenging research without restraint.”
Top scientists and sponsors of the “scientific exploration Award” also said that these excellent winners represent the “gold content” of the award and look forward to their “work written in textbooks”.
“The establishment of the ‘scientific exploration award’ is deeply forward-looking and supports the urgent needs of China’s basic research development through continuous investment,” said Rao Yi, President of Capital Medical University and initiator of the “scientific exploration Award”, “Looking back on the past three years, a number of winners with fruitful achievements and promising potential were selected to support their exploration, exploration and re exploration and make beneficial contributions to China and the world.”
“Walking alone is fast, while others are far away.” according to Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of engineering and initiator of the “scientific exploration Award”, the award covers nine major fields of basic science and cutting-edge technology, with the most extensive “scientific spectrum”, “These outstanding young winners communicate with each other, realize cooperation and stimulate innovation, which is not only conducive to their own growth, but also conducive to finding a new path for the breakthrough of major problems.”
As Wu Hequan said, the “scientific exploration Award” has also continued to build a high-level and interdisciplinary interactive communication platform for young scientists in the past three years. The project leader of the “scientific exploration Award” said that through the “50 young scientists” In various forms, such as forums, exploration camps and thought sharing exchanges, winners in different fields have exchanged insights and ideas from acquaintance to acquaintance, and new interdisciplinary cooperation is also emerging.
More than 800 academicians around the world participated. Pan Jianwei: awards and reputation accumulated rapidly
As one of China’s highest funded young scientists and technicians, the “science exploration Award” has always been adhering to the principle of “scientists has the final say”, and has constantly enhanced its professionalism and authority, and has been enthusiastic and involved in and supported by the scientific community and the educational community.
According to the person in charge of the “scientific exploration Award” project, more than 800 academicians from various countries and presidents of more than 20 famous universities participated in the nomination, recommendation and evaluation of this year’s award. Only in the nomination and recommendation stage, more than 20 winners of international awards such as Nobel Prize, Turing prize and fields prize participated, which is a great increase compared with 2020.
“This shows that the award has been widely recognized by the society, and its reputation and reputation are rapidly accumulating,” said Pan Jianwei, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, executive vice president of the University of science and technology of China and initiator of the “scientific exploration Award”, “What impressed me most in the past three years is the serious and serious evaluation process. Many senior scientists have invested a lot of time and energy, weighed repeatedly and done meticulous work.”
Jin Li, executive vice president of Fudan University, also said: “like the young scientific and technological workers it supports, the ‘scientific exploration award’ is full of innovation and vitality. It has won great social influence by rewarding the future, rewarding potential and supporting the idea of bravely entering no man’s land for scientific research.”
In order to ensure the objectivity and fairness of the evaluation, the “scientific exploration Award” continues to optimize the evaluation rules. Qian Yingyi, senior professor of liberal arts of Tsinghua University and chairman of the supervision committee of the “scientific exploration Award”, said: “For example, in this year’s review, the number of judges and small peer experts has been further increased. There are no less than 7 small peer experts in each subdivided field, and the avoidance relationship has been set more strictly. In addition to the interests of teachers and students, relatives, projects, business cooperation, peers, nominations, recommendations and other interests, thesis cooperation has also been included in the scope of avoidance. The Supervision Committee believes that the review meets the rules Objective and fair. ”
The “scientific exploration Award” adopts the mode of enterprise investment and public welfare operation, which is one of the important explorations for Tencent to practice social sustainable value innovation and give back to the society. Ma Huateng, chairman and CEO of Tencent board of directors and founder of Tencent foundation, said that Tencent will maintain its investment in the “scientific exploration Award” for a long time to help the long-term development of national basic research.