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About the Award

This award is positioned as Malaysia’s most prestigious Science Award for tropical sciences, and bestowed on 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. 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 categories for the award are Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering,Tropical Medicine, as well as Tropical Natural Resources. In 2005, the ASM Award for Scientific Excellence in Honour of Tun Dr Mahathir Award was renamed as Mahathir Science Award.

In 2010, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation was set up to manage and oversee this prestigious award. Remaining a key activity of the Academy, it is hoped that through this award, a new benchmark will be set for tropical sciences and the profile of science in Malaysia and the region of the tropics will rise to greater heights.

Our Logo


Overall, the award logo depicts the vision for contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology

Four triangular towers
Symbolizes the four categories of the award:

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

The triangular towers with upward peaks

  • Depict achieving excellence and continuous advancement in tropical sciences
  • Base is in the form of arrow pointing upwards which resembles development and advancement
  • Tip of the towers are in the form of sharp needle going through the circle/ orbit to indicate breakthroughs in science.

Colour Green
Symbolises Tropical Sciences.

Black Orbit and Spherical Rotating Shapes

Symbolises the universality of science.

How to Nominate

The Mahathir Science Award is a recognition for the best scientific breakthrough in solving the problems of the tropics. The Award has for categories, namely:

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

The selection of Award winner is based on the scientific breakthroughs, originality of work, impact and its significance in solving the problems of the tropics by improving the quality of life and contributing to the region’s prosperity.

From among the four categories, two categories are rotated yearly.

The Call for Nominations is now open for the Tropical Agriculture and Tropical Architecture and Engineering categories. Nomination submission closes on 30 December 2020.

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 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
  • 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)


Download the form here:

The Award Secretariat accepts mailed or e-mailed nomination addressed to the below contact:

Award Secretariat
c/o Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
20th Floor, West Wing MATRADE Tower
Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
Off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
50480 Kuala Lumpur


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