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, just in order to see what information is required, and not to be filled in. The relevant nomination form will be made available in Word format, once Stage 1 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 ( only of interest in the Innovation category)
  • Promotion of public understanding of SET


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

  • Supervision of students and promotion of education in this field as a contribution to the public engagement of SET (this has less importance in the Innovation category and the Communication category)
  • 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.

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.