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Types of Medals and Criteria

Platinum Medal - SAMRC Lifetime Achievement Award

Criteria

Platinum medals are awarded each year to accomplished scientists for outstanding lifetime scientific achievement in the field of health.  Up to two platinum medals may be awarded each year with preference given to one medal for an SAMRC (intra-mural or extra-mural) scientist and one medal for a non-SAMRC scientist. Platinum medals are awarded to South African citizens who have made seminal scientific contributions and who have also made an impact on local and/or global health and/or science policy and/or clinical practice that impact on the health of people, especially those living in developing countries. The Platinum Medal is a Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding scientist who has raised the profile of South African science and helped build the foundations of health research in the country for future generations. Additional criteria for awarding a platinum medal are as follows:

 

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At least one exceptional scientific accomplishment, breakthrough or contribution to research which is acknowledged at national and international level

b. Meritorious contributions to enhancing the prestige of South African medical research and/or extending medical knowledge
c. extending medical knowledge
d. As a guideline, candidates for a platinum medal should have over 100 scientific papers, with many in high impact journals and several receiving high citation rates (i.e. >100 citations) over the course of a lifetime in health research
e. Serve on national and international panels, advisory groups and working groups in their field of research
f. Recipient of other prestigious awards and commendations that recognize scientific achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Medal - SAMRC Scientific Achievement Award

Criteria

Gold medals are awarded annually to established senior scientists who have made seminal scientific contributions that have impacted on the health of people, especially those living in developing countries. Up to four gold medals may be awarded each year. The Gold Award is a Scientific Excellence Award. Criteria for awarding gold medals are as follows:

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A recent exceptional accomplishment, breakthrough or contribution to research (within the last 5 years) which is acknowledged at international level

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This accomplishment/breakthrough/contribution can take the form of a patent or very high impact (IF 15 and over) / highly cited journal publications (a single or a set of related publications with >250 citations). This meritorious contribution must have clearly enhanced the prestige of South African medical research and extended medical knowledge

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Demonstrated impact of the research contribution on health in South Africa or globally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Gold Medal may be awarded annually to each of the following who meet the criteria:

a. An SAMRC (intramural or extramural) researcher
b.

A non-SAMRC researcher, i.e. a researcher who is not employed in an intramural or extramural research unit of the SAMRC

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An African scientist (from any country in Africa other than South Africa)  who has significant collaborations with South African researchers and who has made significant contributions to health research in South Africa and the Continent

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An international scientist (from any country in the world other than from Africa) who has significant collaborations with South African researchers and who has made significant contributions to health research in South Africa and the Continent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal - SAMRC Scientific Achievement Award

Criteria

Silver medals are awarded annually to up-and-coming scientists. These scientists are either from a MBBCH/MBCHb background or from a PhD background. To qualify, they must be at a post-doctoral level / MMed level or equivalent in the case of clinicians e.g FCP) for important scientific contributions made within 10 years of having been awarded their PhD or MMed/FCP. The Silver Award is a Scientific Achievement Award for an emerging researcher who recently completed a doctoral or MMed degree or FCP. Up to four silver medals may be awarded each year with preference given to two medals for SAMRC (intra-mural and extra-mural) scientists and two medals to non-SAMRC scientists. Criteria for awarding silver medals are as follows:

a.

Research contributions that impact on the health of people, especially those living in developing countries

b.

Acknowledgements at national and international level for meritorious scientific contributions and/or extending medical knowledge

c.

At least one publication in a very high impact journal or a highly cited publication (> 100 citations).