NSTF-South32 Awards,
recognising outstanding contributions to
science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa

Today’s research … tomorrow’s innovation

Nominations for the prestigious 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards are now open!

Information regarding the nomination process

The Vision of the NSTF is:

A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in SA, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

The Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF strives to realise this. Partnerships for specific awards such as that with the Water Research Commission, GreenMatter, and Eskom lead to recognition of contributions that have the potential to make a positive impact on South Africa, and on the world. Watch this space for news on new partners.

Study all this information in advance of submitting a nomination. The criteria for evaluation of nominees are comprehensive to ensure quality and to maintain the prestige of the Awards. Please note that planning and time are required to complete the nomination document, hence the 13 week period (December to March) provided for preparation.

The two stages of the nomination process

The two stages of the nomination process

The process consists of two stages: 

  • Deadline of first stage – 9 December 2016: Identify your candidate and register your nomination by completing and emailing the Registration Form in Word format by 12:00 noon on this day. The information will be captured in the NSTF database and provides the basis for all further processing and communications relating to the nomination.  The NSTF will acknowledge receipt of your registration by email, and provide the Nomination forms for completion by the second and final deadline of Stage 2 of the nomination process. Please look out for this email, and note its content carefully.
  • Deadline of the second and final stage of the process -3 March 2017: The completed nomination form/s may be emailed to the NSTF at any time up to the closing date but must reach the NSTF before 12:00 on this day.

The post nomination process

The post nomination process

The processes that will follow the final deadline are:

  • The announcement of the nominees through the NSTF e-Newsletter during April 2017
  • An adjudication panel of independent judges, representing six different sectors of the NSTF membership as well as the award partners, will review the nominations to select the finalists and winners
  • The announcement of the finalists during May 2017
  • Summaries of the finalists’ work are published in the annual Who’s Who Booklet, which is distributed at the Gala Dinner and made available online on the web site
  • The announcement of the winners and celebration will take place at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner with the Patron, the Minister of Science and Technology, planned for late in June 2017.

Publicity and Outreach Campaign with Winners

Publicity and Outreach Campaign with Winners

This prestigious recognition also profiles the winners as role models to thousands of young people at Science Centres and Universities across the country, through an outreach programme named the Share ‘n Dare Programme, in which the youth are inspired by the Award winners to take up careers in SET. Thousands of South Africans are also reached through the Awards media partnerships with Business Report and Mail & Guardian, and community radio broadcasts ensuring that not only the winners but also their employers are recognised for their expertise in SET.

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as declared by the United Nations. This theme will be celebrated by the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards.

The Categories

Communication Award

NSTF Award for communication for outreach and creating awareness of SET and innovation

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NSTF-GreenMatter Award

NSTF-GreenMatter Award for an outstanding contribution to SET and/or innovation in SA towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy

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Individual Research Awards in four categories

There are four categories for individuals for any field of activity relating to research and its outputs.  Contributions over a lifetime, research and its outputs for senior and emerging researchers, as well as management and related SET activities

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NGO Award

The NSTF NGO Award is for any non-governmental organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa, including technology transfer and education/training activities

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Research for Innovation Awards

These awards are made to teams or individuals in organisations (corporate and small, medium sized enterprises) who have made outstanding contributions to SET through research that has led to an innovation in South Africa

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Special Annual Theme Award

For 2017 this Award is made for a contribution to SET which contributes to or supports Sustainable Tourism for Development

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Research or Engineering Capacity Development Award

These awards are made to individuals based in South Africa, regardless of nationality or citizenship. The individuals must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in increasing the participation of young researchers or engineers in their chosen SET fields

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Data for Research Award

NSTF Award for an outstanding contribution to SET by advancing the availability, management and use of data for research

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Water Research Commission Award

The Water Research Commission (WRC) has partnered with the NSTF to establish an award that acknowledges outstanding contributions towards sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions

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