Awards for research for innovation by teams/individuals in organisations in two categories

The South African economy needs to continue on its road to becoming globally competitive. In large part, this is up to businesses, industry and institutions – particularly Universities of Technology. That is why the NSTF Awards include two annual awards for South African research which has led to South African innovation.

The NSTF appreciates that it is a ‘long walk’ through research to commercialisation of ground-breaking scientific and technological discoveries. The NSTF continues to recognise and bring the very best of such efforts to the public’s attention. South Africans should know what excellent R&D is being done inside the laboratories of our country, and the inventiveness of our scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to bring discoveries to market.

Awards for research leading to an innovation

These awards are made to teams or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to SET through research that has led to an innovation in South Africa.

Awards are made to teams or individuals from:

  • Corporate organisations: This includes large companies, science councils, universities etc, unless the unit where the research and development has been carried out fits into the SMME category
  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs): The award is for an SMME operating as a business for profit, defined as having less than 50 employees or an annual turnover of less than R30 million over the last three years. A company that is wholly owned by a corporate, or is a corporate-controlled company does not qualify under the SMME category.

These awards are made where it can be demonstrated that:

  • Research carried out in South Africa has led to new science which in turn has led to new engineering or medical or social concepts ie technology
  • Engineering or medical or social concepts (ie technology which has been developed in South Africa and has been applied) that have led to a successful innovation. This can be either an accepted innovation in science, a project, a product, a range of products, a methodology or any other form of applied output completed in the recent past.