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UM Submission Instructions: LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation 2020

Sponsor: LUI Che Woo Prize
Award Title: LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation
Amount: 2M HKD
$2 million Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) (= approx. $2.65 million US Dollars)
UM Deadline: 09/30/2020
Sponsor Deadline: 10/31/2020
Description: The award has three categories, or objectives: Sustainable Development, Welfare Betterment, and Positive Energy (see below)..
Unlike other international prizes which have specific fields, the LUI Che Woo Prize is a new and prestigious international accolade awarded to individuals or organisations who have displayed remarkable achievements towards the three objectives of the Prize thereby contributing to world civilisation. Thus, the coverage of the LUI Che Woo Prize is very broad, the recipients not being limited to academics and scientists. The LUI Che Woo Prize recognises accomplishments beneficial to mankind and also encourages the continuation of that work for which its laureates have been chosen. It transcends all boundaries of nations and sows seeds for the continuous development of a better and harmonious world.


The LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognise and honour individuals or organisations all over the world with outstanding achievements and contributions in respect of the following three objectives:

Objective 1: Sustainable development of the world
This objective is to recognise an outstanding achievement of an individual or an organisation in maintaining a sustainable ecological balance and natural capital on the one hand and providing for the needs of future generations on the other.

Objective 2: Betterment of the welfare of mankind
This objective is to acknowledge an outstanding effort of an individual or an organisation to enhance the well-being of the human race.

Objective 3: Promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy
This objective is to honour a model which can be an individual or an organisation of unwavering determination demonstrated in the adoption of a positive attitude and making constructive changes in the face of setbacks, hardship and adversity.

Terms of the award:

There are three Prizes for the three objectives of the LUI Che Woo Prize (each a “Prize Category”) every year. If there is no appropriate awardee for any Prize Category in any particular year, no Prize will be awarded for that Prize Category in that year.
Each awardee will receive a cash award of HK$20 million (equivalent to approximately US$2.56 million), a certificate and a trophy.
Each Prize is awarded to a single recipient (i.e. no sharing of a Prize) who can be an individual or an organisation.
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: 3
Additional Requirements: Nominee must be living on the date of nomination
Sponsor Guidelines:
UM Nominations Process: Those interested in being nominated by the university should submit the following pre-proposal materials as a single pdf document to no later than 4:00 PM on September 30:

1. Name of nominee, position, address, email, and phone number.
2. Prize category (objective) for this nomination
3. A brief summary of why the nominees should receive the prize in the selected category (50 words max).
4. Detailed explanation (in support of 3, above) of the reasons the university would have for making this nomination (1000 words max). This statement should clearly set out:
-- The outstanding works, accomplishments or contributions of the nominee
-- The impact that the nominee has made
5. Awards and honors received by the nominee.
6. Curriculum Vitae
7. Supporting materials (up to 5 papers, artworks, or videos).

Questions may be submitted to Chris Bremer at or 612-226-9476.
Peer Review Coordination: Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost contact email
Status: The internal deadline has passed but no applicants were selected. Please contact the office coordinating the peer review for more information.
Please note: To be considered for peer review and internal selection, faculty must follow the above submission guidelines and meet the UM deadline as set by the office coordinating the peer review for this opportunity.

General Information

  • Each posting has information about the external sponsor and opportunity as well as the internal application instructions.
  • Opportunities can be sorted by column headings; just click on the heading to re-sort by that column.
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Column Descriptions

  • Sponsor: redirects you to the sponsor's main website
  • Title/Guidelines: redirects you to sponsor specific information regarding the opportunity which may include description, eligibility, budget instructions, forms and other requirements
  • Amount: Maximum dollar amount awarded.
  • Add’l Req: Identifies special requirements such as cost sharing, partners, etc.
  • Sponsor Deadline: External deadline identified by the sponsor.
  • UM Submission Instructions: Contains specific internal submission requirements including internal proposal instructions, deadline, eligibility, internal nomination process, contact information.
  • # Apps: The maximum number of applications the sponsor will allow the university to submit.
  • UM Deadline: Submission deadline for internal proposal as determined by the coordinating office.
  • Status:
    • Open: UM deadline has not passed and the opportunity is open for application.
    • In Review: Peer review process is in progress for the opportunity.
    • PI Selected: The PI has been selected as the official UM nominee.
    • Closed: Sponsor deadline has passed and the opportunity is closed for application.
U of M Submission Instructions (Required)

This link includes summary sponsor information, specific instructions for internal submission and contact information for the university office coordinating the nomination process.

  • Follow the directions in the submission instructions and submit required materials by the UM deadline to the contact indicated.
  • Instructions vary according to the requirements of the sponsor and the university office coordinating the nomination process.
Registration (optional)

Registration is an optional but highly recommended feature. Perhaps you are looking for a wider audience for your proposal idea, or for potential collaborators to work with to create a stronger application. Registration allows applicants to share proposal ideas and post contact information.

Registration also provides information that helps the university office overseeing the nomination to determine the level of coordination needed and guide the review process.

To register (or view registrants), click on the UM Submission Instructions for a specific opportunity, then click on the Register Interest link.

Selection Process

  • Once the internal deadline has passed, the status will change to “In Review” and proposals will undergo review.
  • If there are multiple applicants, the office managing the nomination will determine the review criteria and coordinate the review process.
  • Once review has been completed all parties will be notified via email.
  • Nominees will be provided with a letter addressed to the sponsor from the OVPR indicating that they are the university's nominee. This letter should accompany the nominee's proposal.
  • SPA is notified of the university's nominee(s) and the status is updated to “PI Selected”.

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