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


                                     Today’s research … tomorrow’s innovation

Information regarding the nomination process

All information needed for the nomination process is available on the new website on the various pages of the Awards section, including previous finalists and winners.  Should you need it as one pdf document, please contact the NSTF Office at enquiries@nstf.co.za

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 process consists of two stages: 

  • Deadline of first stage – 9 December 2015: 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 e-mail, 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 -4 March 2016: The completed nomination form/s may be e-mailed 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 processes that will follow the final deadline are:

  • The announcement of the nominees through the NSTF e-Newsletter during April 2016
  • 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 2016
  • 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 June or beginning of July 2016

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.

2016 is the International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations. This theme will be celebrated by the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards in partnership with South32.

The Categories

Communication Award

The NSTF Award for communication for outreach and creating awareness of science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation.

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NSTF-GreenMatter Award

The NSTF-GreenMatter Award recognises researchers and organisations working towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a green economy.

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Individual Research Awards

These are all made to individuals based in South Africa, and who are South Africans or permanent residents. The individual must have made an outstanding contribution to SET in South Africa in any field of activity relating to research and its outputs.  Contributions over a lifetime, research and its outputs, emerging researchers, management and related SET activities, as well as research or engineering capacity developers are recognised under this category group.

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NGO Award

The NSTF NGO Award is for any non-governmental organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (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 or 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 2016 this Award is made for Research in Crop Science and Food Security.

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