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1. Awards for individuals outstanding contribution to SET and innovation
1a. A outstanding contribution to SET and innovationover a lifetime
(fifteen years or more)
Lifetime award
1b. TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researcher – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation to research and its outputs over a period of up to fifteen years as a researcher, predominantly in South Africa Researcher award
1c. TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation to research and its outputs over a period of up to six years in research, predominantly in South Africa Emerging researcher award
1d. Management Award – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation through management and related SET and innovation activities over the last five to ten years Management and related activities award
2. Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual over the last five to ten years Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards
3. The NSTF-GreenMatter Award – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual or an organisation towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy over the last five to ten years NSTF-GreenMatter Award
4. NSTF- Water Research Commission Award – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual or an organisation to SET in South Africa towards sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions over the last five to ten years NSTF-WRC Award
5. An outstanding to science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation, for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research Data for Research Award
6. Innovation Awards
6a. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual or a team through a Corporate organisation over the last five to ten years Innovations Award – Corporate
6b. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual or a team through a Small, medium or micro enterprise (SMME) over the last five to ten years Innovations Award – SMME
7. Communication for outreach and creating awareness of SET and Innovation – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by a team or individual over the last five years Science Communication Award
8. Award for a Non-governmental organisation – an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation yo SET by an NGO including innovation, technology transfer and education and training activities over the last five to ten years NGO award
9. Special Annual Theme Award (awarded according to criteria in any of the categories). For 2017/2018 this Award is made for a an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation towards Sustainable Energy for All in recognition of the International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, as declared by the UN Special Annual Theme Award

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 and Related Awards

Awards for individuals for research and related activities.
There are four sub-categories for individuals only, in research and its outputs and related fields. Contributions over a lifetime, research and its outputs for researchers and emerging researchers, as well as for management and related SET activities over defined periods.

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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 activities and  education/training activities.

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Awards for Innovations and their Research and/or Development. 

These awards are made to teams or individuals in organisations (corporate and SMMEs) or working independently, who have made outstanding contributions to SET through innovations and their impacts, over the last five to ten years. For assessment of these awards,  underlying research and/or development is taken into account where applicable. For the Corporate and SMME awards, the research must have been done in South Africa. For the independent innovation award, a substantial  aspect of the work must have taken place in South Africa.

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Special Annual Theme Award

For 2018 this Award is made for a contribution to SET and Innovation which contributes towards Sustainable Energy for All.

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Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards.

The individuals must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in increasing the participation of young engineers and technologists in further research in their chosen SET fields, over the past five to ten years.

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Data for Research Award

NSTF Award for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) by advancing the availability, management and use of data for research

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NSTF-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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