The NSTF supports the principle of collaborative, widely-inclusive awards.

The NSTF welcomes collaboration with other organisations, such as those they have been in partnerships with for many years:

  • Department of Science and Technology (since 1998)
  • Eskom (since 2003)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) since 2016 (previously through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), an initiative of the dti from 2004-2015)
  • South32 since 2015 (previously through BHP Billiton from 2011-2014)
  • GreenMatter (since 2015)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (since 2003 as a major sponsor)
  • Business Report (since 2010) which is part of The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times and The Mercury newspapers
  • Mail & Guardian newspaper (since 2011)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) for a new award in 2017
  • NeDICC for a new award for Data for Research in 2017
  • Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation (for the Youth Outreach projects)
  • South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) (for the Brilliants programme tour)
  • proSET – Professionals in SET, a sector of the NSTF representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies (Prize sponsor since 2015)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) (2003-2014)
  • SAASTA, a business unit of the NRF (2005-2014)

How to become an NSTF Award partner or sponsor

If your organisation would like to partner with the NSTF on the NSTF Awards, please contact the Executive Director at or 012 8413987.