The criteria for evaluation of nominees are clearly laid out in the relevant Nomination Forms, which should be completed between Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the process. Examples of the nomination forms can be viewed and downloaded here below, in order for nominators to see what information is required. These are examples only and should not to be filled in. The relevant nomination form will be made available to the nominator in Word format, once Stage 1 (registration) has been completed. For information purposes, the following criteria broadly apply.

All categories

The following criteria broadly apply to assessing all categories of the awards:

Section 1: Background and  contribution to the advancement of science/technological innovation/new knowledge generated:

  • the inputs to this contribution
  • the research process (where applicable)
  • the development process (where applicable)


Section 2: Outputs –What has been done with this contribution :

  • The outputs
  • The practical application/implementation/impact and commercial or economic impact
  • Relevance to South Africa and its people and resultant contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) policy
  • Publications (in the Innovation category this information is regarded as incidental)
  • Promotion of public understanding of SET


Section 3: Students, education and development of human capital, sustainability and recognition

  • Supervision of students where applicable and promotion of education in this field as a contribution to the public understanding of SET (this is more for incidental information in the Innovation categories and the Communication category and less critical to the assessment)
  • Social and economic sustainability
  • National and international impact and recognition

Examples of nomination forms

The interpretation of criteria in relation to each of the awards is clarified in the examples of Nomination Forms below.

  • Communication Award: for outreach and creating awareness of SET and innovation
  • Special Annual Theme Award (SATA) : For an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation towards the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development- No additional form required. A nomination in the SATA category should be made using one of the other category forms. The SATA nomination then becomes an additional nomination to that nomination. The last section on all other nomination forms should be completed should the SATA be selected.

Once registration of a nomination is done online, the relevant nomination form/s will be made available in Word format. Where more than one category has been selected, a nomination form for each section should be completed.

Additional Criteria

Certain additional criteria apply to specific awards categories. This can be viewed on the relevant award category pages.