The threats posed by pollution of the biosphere and loss of its resources are real. All activities of human beings have an impact on the environment. The landscape is changing, the quality of air and water deteriorates, effluents and noise are on the increase, etc. A consensus is spreading across the social, industrial and political spectrum on the need to place greater care for the earth’s ecosystems and their management..  The main objective of this prize is to promote research and development across the environmental spectrum by acknowledging individuals or institutions which have made significant and outstanding contributions in the management of the environment, including

NARST is given in recognition of and support to the high calibre scientific research or technology development work carried out by individual scientists/technologist who in the opinion of the nominating body have made significant and
So far S&T activities at schools have been promoted by the Science Teachers Association of Tanzania (STAURT) through organized Science Fairs to display science teaching equipment and demonstration of scientific experiments performed in schools.



This Award is intended to generate a scientific culture at the grassroots level. The award will be given to best schools that have registered an improvement in the utilization of S&T through innovation/adaptation in the year under consideration. The School Science Award may be presented at  a science fair organized at regional and national level.

The award will be given to the best improved exhibits in science teaching, equipment or demonstration of scientific experiments or theory with socio-economic impact.

Procedure for the Award
Selection of the winners will be done by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.

outstanding contribution to the advancement of S&T. Consideration will be given to proven achievements judged particularly from a national and international point of view. This award will be given in the fields of Agricultural Science, Human Medicine, Engineering, Basic Sciences and Social Sciences.

Eligibility for the Award
The award will be given to a Tanzanian scientist/ technologist who has made the most outstanding contribution in research leading to the advancement of STI.

Criteria for the Award
The award shall be given based on:
• originality of the scientific idea(s), theories technique(s) and/or methods developed; and
• he potential application of the methods and/or techniques and the results in solving national/socio-economic problem(s).

Procedure for the Award
 Nomination of prospective candidates should be made by   institutions or associations or individuals. Nomination shall be accompanied by a write-up justifying why the individual deserves an award including the nature of scientific contribution made. Self nomination shall not be considered. A peer review will be instituted to arrive at the deserving individual for the award. Nominations should be submitted to  COSTECH.

TASTA is an ongoing award instituted by the government in 1981 in order to promote and encourage the development and utilisation of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country.



Eligibility for the Award
The award is given to Tanzanians who have made scientific or technological discoveries, inventions,¬ innovations or adaptations which have relevance to the socio-¬economic development of the country.

Criteria for the Award
The criteria for consideration for the TASTA award are as follows:
• the potential impact of the claim on socio-economic development, especially in relation to current national development goals;
• originality of the claim;
• the potential of the  claim to increasing productivity and efficiency; and
• the potential contribution of the claim to the advancement of knowledge in general.

Procedure for the Award
Application for the TASTA can be made individually or by institution and submitted to COSTECH. The application will include a short curriculum vitae, institutional profile, description of the use of which the achievement has been put or is likely to be put, its likely impact on socio-economic development or on scientific or technological knowledge and an outline of the claim, which may include the state of the art, the inventive/innovative step, drawings, designs, illustrations, photographs or provision of a prototype.

 School Science Award (SSA)

Promotion of Science and Technology at school level is one of the primary roles of the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.  Concern has been raised by many people on the falling standards of science education at all levels in the country, particularly education standards at primary and secondary schools. This problem has been caused by a number of factors including budgetary
constraints, lack of science teaching laboratory facilities, low morale on the part of teachers, etc.


The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), a Government institution under the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, has been administering and awarding the Science, Technology and Innovation awards annually since 1982. These STI awards are divided into four different categories: Tanzania Award for Scientific and Technological Achievements (TASTA); National Award for Research in Science and Technology (NARST); National Award for Environmental Management (NAEM); and School Science Award (SSA). While TASTA award caters for tangible achievements in STI, the other three awards cater for the development of scientific theories, contribution to STI achievements without necessarily having to invent/innovate or discover. As of July 2008 a total of 31 awards have been issued.

The objectives of these STI awards are:

• To encourage innovativeness and creativity in the promotion of scientific and technological achievements in Tanzania;
• To foster the utilization of such achievements for the purpose of promoting and accelerating socio-economic development in the country; and
• To enhance and catalyse the development of scientific and  technological capability and capacity in Tanzania.

The awards are given annually to eligible persons.

Scope of the Awards
The award comprises of a shield, a certificate of citation and a cash prize classified as follows.
 Gold award: Tshs 8.0 m
 Silver award: Tshs 5.0 m
 Bronze award: Tshs 2.0 m

The nature of these awards and the procedure for application and eligibility for the awards are given below:
environment protection, conservation through scientific, socio-economic or technological innovation or discovery.

The award will be given to scientists/individuals in Tanzania or institutions for their outstanding contribution(s) in the field of environment,    particularly in areas related to environmentally sound technologies, pollution control, hazardous waste reduction, food, agriculture, natural resources and wildlife.

Criteria for the Award
Those who are awarded NAEM Prize shall meet the requirements of having made outstanding contribution towards reduced environmental degradation or a sustainable management of the ecosystems with global, regional or national impact.

Procedure for the Award
Nomination of the candidates aspiring for NAEM will be made by:
• Universities or research institutes or Ministry  responsible for environmental activities;
• Other scientists in the fields of environmental protection, life sciences, earth sciences and social sciences; and
• Self-nomination.

Nominations should be submitted to COSTECH.
Nomination shall be accompanied by a write-up justifying why the nominee(s) deserves an award and the nature of scientific and/or technological contribution made.   The responsibility of selecting the candidate for this award lies with the R&D Advisory Committee on Environment whose recommendations will be forwarded to the Awards Committee.