Call for Nominations: SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards 

15 Sep 2023
15 Sep 2023

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has issued a call for nominations for the annual 2023 SAMRC Scientific Merit Awards. The awards seek to honor the best scientific minds and contributions within health research whose work reflect innovative methods and novel approaches to public health concerns, to potentially impact on policy and subsequently to the betterment of the lives of South Africans. 


Qualifying candidates are individual researchers who have, through published work, made groundbreaking contributions to impactful world-class science and health research aimed at advancing the lives of South Africans. The Awards, which are among the most prestigious in the country, are a set of medals including: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and the special President’s Awards. 


Nominations close on 30 September 2023 



Platinum Medals: Up to two platinum medals will be awarded to accomplished South African citizens and permanent resident scientists for outstanding lifetime scientific achievement in the field of health.   

Gold Medals: Up to four gold medals will be awarded to established senior scientists who have made seminal scientific contributions that have impacted on the health of people, especially those living in developing countries.  

Silver Medals: Up to four silver medals will be awarded to early/mid-career scientists from either a MBBCH/ MBCHb background or from a PhD background, for important scientific contributions made within 10 years of having been awarded their PhD or MMed.  

Bronze Medals: Bronze medals will be awarded to scientists who have recently entered into research, with not less than 5 years post PhD experience. The award is not tied to chronological age, but researchers should preferably be under 50 years of age. 


For more details about these opportunities, including the nomination process and selection criteria, please visit the funder’s page and review the application form


Applications should be submitted in MS Word format to: on or before 30 September 2023.