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 Innovation (since 1998)
  • Eskom (since 2003)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (2003-2017)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) (2003-2014)
  • Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) (since 2016) (previously through the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), an initiative of the dtic from (2016-2018)
  • South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the NRF (2005-2014)
  • Business Report (since 2009) which is part of The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times and The Mercury newspapers
  • South32 since 2016 (previously through BHP Billiton from 2011-2015)
  • Mail & Guardian newspaper (since 2009)
  • GreenMatter (2015-2018)
  • proSET – Professionals in SET, a sector of the NSTF representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies (Prize sponsor since 2015)
  • Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation – for the Youth outreach projects (2016-2020)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) since 2017
  • Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) – category co-founders of the Data for Research Award (2017)
  • Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) – category co-founders of the Data for Research Award (2017)
  • South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) – for the Brilliants programme tour (2017-2019)
  • Lewis Foundation (since 2019)
  • SA Innovation Summit (Prize sponsor: 2018-2019)
  • National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) for the SMME award (since 2019)

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.