The NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy research and innovation Award

The NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy research and innovation Award to either a team or an individual or an organisation for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in SA towards achieving biodiversity conservation environmental sustainability and a greener economy over the past 5 to 10 years


This award was introduced in 2019 to replace the NSTF-Greenmatter award introduced in 2015.

This award gives recognition to the following contributions considered either together or separately:

  • Outstanding work in trans-disciplinary research or human capital development that promotes environmental sustainability within an academic or non-academic context. This could include the development and implementation of programmes in these areas of activity that have an impact within and between institutions. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) it can be seen as a “system of economic activities related to the production, dis­tribution and consumption of goods and services that result in improved human well-being over the long term, while not exposing future generations to significant environmental risks or ecological scarcities”. Innovation in management and leadership leading to the attraction, development, retention and transformation of human capital. This is within organisations that work towards environmental conservation, research and management. There should be an explicit novel link between the organisations’ objectives, management and leadership approaches and organisational success.
  • Outstanding contributions in shaping the national agenda on the environment in national policies, legislation and programmes. The work recognised could include knowledge-based advocacy and awareness programmes designed to bring about social change, as well as impact that is clearly demonstrated through successful implementation.