To Hold the Second Round of Mustafa Prize in November 2017

0 May 17 2017 In بین‌المللی توسط بین الملل

Mustafa Prize has been able to increase the endowment fund up to 106.000.000.000 IRR since 5 years ago by strengthening devotion for science and technology; therefore the second round of the prize will be held in coming November.

According to ISNA, Mustafa Prize is an Iranian prize for science and technology which is granted to top scientists of Muslim World biennially. This prize has been named "Mustafa", one of the holy prophet of Islam's epithets means "selected", because of his emphasis on education.

The prize is worth $500.000 that is provided through an endowment of the knowledge-based and large economic institutions’ assets, financiers, or people interested in development of Islamic communities.

Mustafa ( pbuh) Prize was legislated by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution (SCCR) in 2012 according to which a policy council made of universities and large scientific centers of Iran and Islamic World control the procedure of granting the award and Pardis Technology Park is the responsible for establishment of secretariat and holding the ceremony the prize.

This prize is granted in four subjects; "Biology, Biotechnology and Medicine”, "IT and ICT”, "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” and "other areas”.

The works received by the secretariat of Mustafa Prize are evaluated and judged in two stages. Firstly, preliminary judging committees check the works in terms of general features and send the qualified ones to the next level. In the final level, a 7-person judging committee made of top international researchers and scientists judges the final works in each four subjects of the prize and selects the chosen work based on some criteria.

Innovation evident in scientific method, being progressive, durability and influence of the work in the world or the region are considered as the criteria and indicators of evaluation. Meanwhile, owner(s) of the work candidate for Mustafa Prize should have reputation and brilliant scientific record.

Proceedings Done for Supporting the Researchers of the Islamic World

Mustafa Prize aiming promotion of science and technology and modeling Muslim scholars at an international level could attract more than 106.500.000.000 IRR through partnership of 330 legal and real entities who are science and technology benefactors.

Therefore, 299 Iranian members and 30 international ones have had cooperation in providing Mustafa Prize fund within a one-year period since Mustafa Prize fund and endowment started working.

In order to appreciate science and technology benefactors, a sign named "Khadim al-Mustafa”- means the servant of the holy prophet, Muhammad- was defined which was in line with the explanation and development of the custom of devotion.

The sign of "Khadim al-Mustafa” which is including an appreciation plaque has been internationally registered and is granted to the benefactors.

After a raise, the prize endowment fund reached to more than 106.500.000.000 IRR that provides the possibility of the development of science and technology in the Islamic World.

The members of "Khadim al-Mustafa” society in partnership have done an indelible job by partnership in financing Mustafa (PBUH) Foundation approaching "becoming the largest investment foundation for the development of science and technology in the Islamic world” to be in line with providing financial sources for Mustafa Prize in last year and supporting development of science and technology In the Islamic world.

Efforts to Strengthen the Scientific Vow

Strengthening technological and scientific vow is one of the aims of Mustafa Prize. In this regard, Mustafa Prize Foundation participated in 8 domestic scientific events and introduced the prize.

Who were the first winners of the prize?

The first round of Mustafa Prize was held last year simultaneously with Mawlid -Birth of the holy Prophet of Islam- and triggered the movement toward scientific promotion of the Islamic world.

Mustafa Prize 2015 was awarded to Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying in the field of Nano-Bio science and technology because of great effort in building advanced nano materials and systems, bio-materials made by nanotechnology and miniaturized bio-systems with interesting functions, including stimuli-responsive polymeric nanoparticles.

She invented a Nano-toolbox which is used in making drug, cell and tissue engineering, biosensors, drug analysis and manufacturing as well as green chemistry and energy. In addition to publishing 340 articles in scientific journals, she also could get 150 initial patents most of which have been given the license of commercialization.

Using the nano-toolbox, Prof. Ying has made new materials and systems that can deal with the main challenges in various areas. For example, her laboratory made a kind of polymeric nanoparticles which can adjust insulin release in blood automatically. This invention can meet the need for a glucose meter. It also can permit insulin to enter the body orally or through the nose (instead of injection). This technology helps diabetics considerably.

Prof. Ying is joint founder of Smartcells Company for commercializing the nano-drug. She received her bachelors to PhD degrees from the Cooper Union and Princeton University. In 1992, he was a member of the faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked as a Chemical Engineering professor until 2005.

Prof. Ying has been president and founder of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore (IBN) since 2003. She also is known as one of the top 100 engineers in the world and has been chosen as one of the top 500 Muslims in 2012, 13, 14, and 15 and also as the top woman in Singapore in 2014.

In this round, Professor Omar M. Yaghi introduced as the top researcher in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, because of his outstanding contribution in designing and production of a class of compounds known as organic and metal frameworks, Zeolite Imidazolate frameworks (ZIF) and Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs).

Polymers, zeolite, pharmaceuticals, steel and cement are the most useful man-made materials that are produced from organic or inorganic compounds. Professor Yaghi could produce materials made of a combination of two organic and inorganic units. These dual materials are used in gas tanks (hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide), hydrocarbons separation, and catalysis and recently in electronics.

For years, the goal of chemistry has been manufacturing materials through designing. The challenge has been this issue that to create a large-scale communication units lead to amorphous undesignable materials. The invention of Yaghi materialized this dream and made a kind of chemistry led to production of the most widespread material.

Professor Omar Yaghi is a Jordanian-American chemist who was born in 1965 in Amman, Jordan. He received his BS degree in chemistry from The State University of New York, in 1985 and his PhD from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990–1992). Also, He was on the faculties of Arizona State University (1992–1998), the University of Michigan (1999–2006), and the University of California, Los Angeles (2007-2012). In 2012, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley where he is now the Professor of Chemistry.

To Hold the 2nd Round of Mustafa Prize

In order to introducing the Islamic world’s top scientists in the fields of IT and ICT, Medical and Bio- science and technology, Nano- science and technology, and all other areas of science and technology, the second round of Mustafa Prize is held in December 2017.

The award of the second round includes Mustafa Medal, appreciation plaque, and $500.000.

Applicants must come from one of the Islamic countries member of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) or Islamic Communities and there is no limitation of religion, gender and age. The condition of participation in other fields such as the natural sciences, medical sciences, veterinary science, agricultural sciences, engineering and cognitive sciences, humanities, economics and Islamic banking is being Muslim while there is no limitation about nationality, gender and age.

The candidates would be introduced to the secretariat of Mustafa Prize only by scientific foundation and the scientists from universities, creditable scientific centers, associations and Scientific and technological poles, academies of sciences in any of the Islamic countries and science and technology parks.

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