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)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (2003-2017)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) (2003-2014)
  • 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)
  • South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the NRF (2005-2014)
  • Business Report (since 2010) which is part of The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times and The Mercury newspapers
  • South32 since 2015 (previously through BHP Billiton from 2011-2014)
  • Mail & Guardian newspaper (since 2011)
  • 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 (since 2016)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) since 2017
  • Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) – category co-founder of the new Data for Research Award (since 2017)
  • South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) – for the Brilliants programme tour (since 2017)
  • SA Innovation Summit (Prize sponsor since 2018)
  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) (bursary provider since 2018)
  • National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) (category and prize sponsor since 2019)
  • The Lewis Foundation (category sponsor since 2019)
  • Mazi Asset Management (Pty) Ltd (Bursary provider 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.