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Procedures for Award and Announcement

Nominations

a.

The SAMRC Vice-President(s) will be responsible for placing open advertisements calling for nominations. 

b.

The SAMRC Vice-President(s) will be responsible for identifying and approaching suitable candidates to be nominated for an SAMRC Award. 

c.

Nominated candidates will only be considered if a completed application form is submitted before the deadline.

d. The nominee and nominator will be required to jointly submit the nomination form.
e. Incomplete and inaccurate nomination forms will not be considered.
f. A nominator may not serve on the SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection

a.

The SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee will be appointed by the SAMRC President. The committee will include the SAMRC President (ex-officio), an SAMRC Board member, the SAMRC’s Vice-President(s) and one past winner of an SAMRC medal and a well-established senior scientist who is not employed by the SAMRC.

b. The SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee will meet to discuss and consider the candidates and make recommendations for the Platinum, Gold and Silver Medals to submit to the SAMRC Board for a final decision.
c. The SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee may rollover deserving nominations to the following years for repeat consideration. These candidates will be invited to submit updated resumes.
d. The SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee and/or the SAMRC Board may decide to make an award that is different to that requested on the nomination form e.g. a nominee for the gold medal may be re-assigned to the silver or platinum category by the Merit Awards Selection Committee or the SAMRC Board.  The Merit Awards Selection Committee or the SAMRC Board may decide not to award any medals or not to award all the listed medals if there are insufficient suitable candidates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Awards Categories

The SAMRC President, the SAMRC Vice President(s) and/or the SAMRC Merit Awards Selection Committee may recommend to the SAMRC Board awards in special categories, i.e. besides silver, gold and platinum medals, to recognise exceptional achievements and contributions to South African medical research. One example is the SAMRC President’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to Medical Research, which is made, at the discretion of the SAMRC President, in recognition of exceptional contributions to medical research.

Announcement of Awards

The awards will be announced through the following channels: an organisation-wide email, a press release, targeted communications to external stakeholders, and an awards event/ceremony. The names of medal awardees will be included on new medal boards at the SAMRC campuses and on the SAMRC website.

Awards

a.

Awards in the silver, gold and platinum categories will include an actual Medal, a framed certificate and a cash award to be determined by the SAMRC Board.

b. The medals will contain the SAMRC logo and will be plated with silver, gold and platinum.      
c.

The cash awards currently are:

R10 000 for silver
R25 000 for Gold
R50 000 for Platinum

d. Cash awards are made to the primary organisation that the medal winner is affiliated with.
e. The SAMRC President’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to Medical Research will include a trophy, a framed certificate and a cash award equivalent to that awarded in the platinum category.
f. Awards in other special categories will include a trophy, a framed certificate and a cash award at the discretion of the Board.