Alibaba Grants 10 Young Scientists USD141,000 Each to Spur Basic Science
Zhang Yushuo
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Alibaba Grants 10 Young Scientists USD141,000 Each to Spur Basic Science

(Yicai Global) Sept. 26 -- A group of 10 young scientists from Tsinghua University, Peking University and many other research institutes have been inducted as this year's DAMO Academy Young Fellows.

Each will receive a CNY1 million (USD141,000) award, Alibaba DAMO Academy, a global research institute for scientific research and development under Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, announced yesterday.

The grants seek to encourage young scientists to conduct research in basic sciences.

The youngest award-winners, aged 28, include two woman scientists, per the institute's news release. Their research covers quantum cryptography, mathematics, visible light communications, machine learning and many other fundamental scientific fields.

DAMO Academy Young Fellow is an annual award presented by the academy for young Chinese scholars based in China engaged in fundamental science and applied technology research. In addition to the money grant, DAMO Academy provides all-round support, including open data resources and application scenarios.

The DAMO Academy Young Fellow award collectively received valid materials from 237 applicants, and the final winners were selected from these candidates after three rounds of review, namely, the preliminary, second reviews and final round, plus oral defense. The proportion of award-winners among all applicants is about one in 23, the management committee overseeing the awards explained.

Founded in October 2017, the academy is dedicated to exploring the unknown in science and technology and driving research into basic science and innovative technology with a human vision as its motive force.

Alibaba's goal in developing the DAMO Academy for the next two decades is to build the world's fifth-largest economy, provide 100 million jobs for the world, serve 2 billion people across borders, and create a profitable platform for 10 million companies, the group's website states.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has propounded three tenets for the institute: 'Outlive Alibaba, serve at least 2 billion of the world's people; and face the future and use technology to solve its problems.'

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