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The Mahathir Science Award

The Mahathir Science Award (MSA) 2021

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Applications call for the Mahathir Science Award (MSA) 2021.

In 2005, the ”ASM Award for Scientific Excellence in Honour of Tun Dr Mahathir” was renamed as the Mahathir Science Award. In 2010, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation was set up to manage and oversee this prestigious award, maintaining its relationship with the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia (ASM).

The Mahathir Science Award (MSA) was established to be the world’s most prestigious international Science Award for tropical sciences. It is awarded to the most deserving based on merit. As such, this extends beyond the boundaries of Malaysia in order to encourage excellence in tropical science that will accord direct benefits to countries in the tropics and indirectly to the global community.


The award winner will receive USD 100,000.00, a gold medallion, and a certificate.


There are four categories of the award:

  • Tropical Agriculture
  • Tropical Architecture & Engineering
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Tropical Natural Resources

Who can apply?

This award is open to any scientists, institution or organization worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology and to be awarded to the most deserving based on merit. The selection of candidates is based on the originality of each candidate’s achievements, the impact of candidate’s achievements, including future impact and its significance in solving the problems of the tropics by improving the quality of life and contributing to the region’s prosperity.

Selection Criteria

  • Significant research & studies contributing to new knowledge in solving problems in tropics.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant socio and societal impact.
  • Contribution to policy and governance leading to sustainable improvement to quality of life.
  • National, regional and international recognition (to consider whether same work nominated has been previously awarded).
  • H-index or equivalent.


The merits of the nominee will be assessed based on the materials which are being provided by the nominator and responses to the questions in the nomination form. It is essential that the nominator attaches to the form all background information about the nominee and evidence of the contribution that merits consideration for this award. A complete nomination form must consist of:

  • Recent photograph (in high-resolution, not less than 1MB)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of honours and awards as well as list of product/services commercialised
  • List of publications and patent (granted and pending)
  • Letter of referral (at least two (2) letters of referral to support the nomination)
  • Supporting document (newspaper clipping, media announcement, etc)



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 December,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Mahathir Science Award



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