The Cheung On Tak International Award is conferred biennially on scientists and scholars with groundbreaking and internationally recognised achievements in advancing internationalisation of Chinese medicine or Chinese medicine research. The Award may confer awards on one to two scholars.
The Award is only awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Chinese medicine, whereas research groups or management teams are not eligible for the Award. Should a research team be considered to have made outstanding achievements, consideration should be given to nominating the team leader for the Award. A nominee shall meet at least one of the criteria listed below:
Attained groundbreaking achievements in scientific research on Chinese medicine with application in the international community and yielding significant social and/or economic benefits;
Made outstanding contribution to and international impact on the provision of Chinese medical service, research and development of scientific technologies and products of Chinese medicine, nurturing of Chinese medicine talents, and promotion of Chinese medicine; and
Made outstanding achievements in advancing the internationalisation and modernisation of Chinese medicine as well as fostering international exchanges and collaborations in Chinese medicine, and gained global recognition from peers for his/her achievements.
The Award carries a monetary prize of HK$500,000. In the event of the conferment of two awards, the prize money will be shared equally between the two awardees. Each awardee will also receive a trophy and a certificate.
The Panel of Adjudicators may decide that no awards will be conferred in a particular session.
In the event that an awardee passes away after the announcement of the grant of the award to him/her, the prize will be given to his/her estate.
For Nomination by Academic Institutions or Other Organisations
Candidates from Mainland China shall be nominated by academic institutions, such as universities and research institutes, OR relevant departments/councils or academic societies at or above the provincial/ministerial level in Mainland China.
Candidates from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas shall be nominated by academic institutions, such as universities and research institutes.
Each organisation may nominate up to three candidates for the Award.
For Nomination by Scholars
The nomination must be jointly made by at least three full professors (or scholars of equivalent rank) in relevant fields.
For Nomination by Panel of Adjudicators and previous award winners
Each adjudicator and previous award winner may nominate up to one candidate for the Award.
The nominees may not be informed of being nominated during the nomination period.
Deceased nominees will not be considered.
Self-nominations will not be accepted.
The Panel of Adjudicators reserves the right to decide on the eligibility of the nominees.
Nominators and nominees shall follow the rules stipulated on the nomination form of the Award and duly complete the nomination form. A nomination may be disqualified if any of the information provided on the nomination form is incomplete, false or cannot be substantiated.
The nomination form must be submitted to the Award Secretariat before the nomination deadline.
A nomination submitted for, and accepted as valid by the Panel of Adjudicators, shall only be considered for the Award for that particular session.
A Panel of Adjudicators comprising scholars and scientists in related fields from different parts of the world invited by the Hong Kong Baptist University is responsible for selecting the awardee(s) of the Award.
The Panel of Adjudicators is led by a chairperson and comprised a minimum of four other members. The chairperson and at least three of the Panel members shall not be members of the Hong Kong Baptist University. The chairperson and Panel members shall be appointed by the Hong Kong Baptist University, normally for a term of two years (for one Award exercise).
The Panel of Adjudicators is supported by the Award Secretariat set up at the School of Chinese Medicine of the Hong Kong Baptist University. The Award Secretariat is responsible for matters pertaining to the operation and promotion of the Award.
The Panel of Adjudicators shall meet to select the awardee(s) from among the qualified nominees by taking into consideration relevant factors including, inter alia, the nominees' contribution to the Chinese medicine sector, achievements in advancing the internationalisation of Chinese medicine, and academic/professional influence in the international arena.
The Panel of Adjudicators shall conduct the selection in an independent, impartial, and fair manner and keep the discussions at Panel meeting(s) as well as all documents and information pertaining to the Award in strict confidence. The Panel of Adjudicators has the discretion to solicit expert opinions from professionals outside of the Panel.
The Panel of Adjudicators shall decide on the nomination procedures, selection criteria and selection procedures.
Information on the awardee(s) and the grounds for granting the Award to the awardee(s) will be posted on the Award webpage for public scrutiny.
If any named person lodges an objection to the selection result in writing with reasons, the Executive Committee of the School of Chinese Medicine of the Hong Kong Baptist University shall consider and decide on the appeal, and the Panel of Adjudicators shall then decide on the final awardee(s) by majority votes.