[ASC-media] Media alert: world search for innovative projects

Science & Arts Media jca-media at starclass.com.au
Mon May 31 19:45:20 EST 2004

June 1, 2004


Australian entries are now being sought for the 2006 Rolex Awards for Enterprise.  

Enterprising individuals of any age, nationality or background are invited to apply to the 12th cycle of this worldwide philanthropic programme run by the Rolex watch company.

The Awards for Enterprise were created in 1976 to support groundbreaking projects in science and medicine; technology and innovation; exploration and discovery; the environment and cultural heritage. 

Five winners - the Laureates - will be honoured at a ceremony in Singapore in October 2006. They will each receive US$100,000, a specially inscribed gold Rolex chronometer and international publicity for projects that meet the programme's criteria: originality, feasibility and potential impact. 

All projects must improve the human condition and, above all, demonstrate the candidates' unfailing spirit of enterprise. Rather than rewarding past achievements, the Awards assist those embarking on new ventures or completing ongoing projects. 

Although the first deadline for submission is a year away, applicants are urged to submit their entries as early as possible.

"The 12-month application period, which we initiated for the 2004 Awards, has proved extremely successful," says Rebecca Irvin, head of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. "By extending the deadlines, we have facilitated the application process, while helping to achieve a substantial increase in the number of applications - 1,703 entries from 116 countries for the 11th series of the Rolex Awards in 2004. This represents a 24 per cent increase over the previous series."

The deadline for applications from Australia, Asia, the Pacific and North, Central and South America is: May 31, 2005

Prospective entrants can complete the official application form available on the Rolex Awards website - www.rolexawards.com - and submit their project on-line, or download the form and, once completed, post it to the Rolex Awards Secretariat. Further information and application forms can also be obtained by writing to the Secretariat at the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, PO Box 1311, 1211 Geneva 26, Switzerland.

Following review by the Rolex Secretariat, short-listed projects will be submitted to an independent jury, the Selection Committee, which will meet early in 2006.

The winners of the 2004 Rolex Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on September 29 this year.

For information or articles about the awards and winners, please contact: 
Professor Julian Cribb, 0418 639 245

For entry details and forms:

For an Award entry kit, please contact:
Casey McBrearty, Rolex Australia, 02 9251 8988 

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