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About the Awards
The NSTF Awards is the flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)
The NSTF Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation. The awards encourage and reward excellence in:
Management of SET and innovation
The NSTF Awards established in 1998, have since 2015 been organised in partnership with South32.
The Awards are the largest science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation awards in South Africa and have grown to be the most prestigious public SET and innovation awards in South Africa. The previous award winners are widely recognised as worthy recipients.
The Awards are endorsed by the Ministry and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); and have been supported since inception by the Department. The Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, (previously the Minister of Science and Technology), is the official patron of the NSTF-South32 Awards.
THESE AWARDS ARE UNIQUE IN SOUTH AFRICA
FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS :
Nominations are registered online by the first deadline (usually in December). Full nomination documents have to be submitted by the second deadline (usually in March). (Please see the Terms and Conditions – entries must be received on time).
An adjudication panel of independent judges is assembled annually by the NSTF Exco from member nominations . It represents all sectors of the NSTF membership and, in the case of the sponsored categories, representatives of these sponsors. The adjudication panel reviews the nominations, identifies those that are eligible, shortlists the finalists and makes the final selection of winners. A panel of experts is also appointed by the NSTF Executive Committee. These experts assist the adjudication panel by reviewing and providing validation of the selections.
Definitions of science, engineering, technology and innovation
The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the natural and physical world through observation and experiment. This is defined for our purposes to include the social sciences.
Considered as the practical application of scientific knowledge, especially in industry, the built environment, information technology, defence and commerce.
The means by which science is used to create engineering, machines, systems and methods that can solve problems and achieve goals, in a variety of disciplines and undertakings.
Means the application, in practice, of new technologies, and creative and new ideas. It includes inventions, discoveries and the processes by which new products or changes to existing products and services enter the market and the creation of new businesses.
The generic value chain which links these elements together is expressed in the definition of our national system of innovation (NSI). The value chain spans the stages of inputs, processes, outputs, impacts and outcomes. It specifically includes: research, development and creative work undertaken on a systematic basis. This is in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of people, culture and society and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. It also includes technology transfer activities associated with research, experimental development and contributing to the dissemination and application of scientific and technical knowledge, education and training.
The NSTF Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to SET and innovation in South Africa. This is done so that:
SPONSORS AND PARTNERSThe NSTF welcomes collaboration with other organisations, such as those they have been in partnerships with for many years: