National S&T Award
Overview
In order to recognize citizens and organizations who have made remarkable contributions to scientific and technological progress, the State Council has established five State prizes in science and technology:
  1. Highest Science and Technology Award;
  2. State Natural Science Award;
  3. State Technological Invention Award;
  4. National Science and Technology Progress Award;
  5. International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China 
The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) is responsible for organizing the evaluation of the State Science and Technology Prizes, and the National Office for Science and Technology Awards under its jurisdiction is responsible for daily work.
 
In line with the Article 5 "The Government of the Special Administrative Region may designate institutions to be responsible for the daily affairs of recommending the State Science and Technology Prizes" in accordance with The Provisions on Accepting the Recommendation of the State Science and Technology Prizes by the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions promulgated by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003, the Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region made instructions on March 12th, 2008, requiring that the Science and Technology Development Fund shall be responsible for the daily work on recommending the State Science and Technology Prizes in the Macao SAR. In the future, the Science and Technology Development Fund shall be responsible for the daily affairs of the five State prizes in science and technology in Macao SAR.
 
Qualifications

 General provisions
Candidates of the Highest Science and Technology Award, the State Natural Science Award, the State Technological Invention Award and the National Science and Technology Progress Award recommended by the Government of the Macao SAR shall be Chinese citizens who have made remarkable contributions to scientific discovery, technological inventions and scientific and technological progress among the residents of the Macao SAR (including Macao permanent residents and those with Macao residency, but has yet to obtain Macao permanent residency) in line with the Regulations on the State Science and Technology Prizes and the conditions stipulated in the detailed rules for its implementation, or other Chinese nationals engaged in scientific research and technical development in the Macao SAR.
Candidates of the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China recommended by the Government of the Macao SAR shall be foreigners or foreign organizations that are based in the Macao SAR or have made remarkable contributions to the cause of Macao’s science and technology.
Candidates (programmes) of the State Science and Technology Prizes recommended by the Government of the Macao SAR shall conduct and complete their major scientific and technological research and technological development in the Macao SAR; candidates who have cooperated with scholars from outside the Macao SAR to conduct scientific and technological research and technological development shall be in charge of the completion of the programme(s).


● Conditions
1. The Highest Science and Technology Award shall be granted to the following S&T workers who:
   (1) Have made major breakthroughs in the frontier of modern science and technology or made outstanding achievements in the development of science and technology;
   (2) Have created great economic or social benefits in scientific and technological innovation, transformation of scientific and technological achievements and industrialization of high technology.
The Highest Science and Technology Award shall be granted to no more than 2 people every year.
2. The State Natural Science Award shall be granted to citizens who have expounded certain phenomenon, traits and laws of nature and made important scientific discoveries in basic research and applied basic research.
The abovementioned “important scientific discoveries” shall comply with the following conditions:
   (1) Not have been discovered or clarified by predecessors;
   (2) Of great scientific significance;
   (3) Well recognized by the natural science sector at home and abroad.
The publication date of the achievements must be more than 3 years before January 1st of the year when they are recommended.
3. The State Technological Invention Award shall be granted to citizens who have made important technological inventions in products, processes, materials or systems by applying scientific and technological knowledge.
The abovementioned “important technological inventions” shall comply with the following conditions:
   (1) Not have been invented or published by predecessors;
   (2) Of advanced and creative value;
   (3) Having created significant economic or social benefits in practice.
The date when the whole technology was applied for the first time must be more than 3 years before January 1st of the year when they are recommended.
4. The Scientific and Technological Progress Award shall be granted to the following citizens or organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the application and popularization of advanced scientific and technological achievements, the accomplishment of major scientific and technological projects, plans and programmes, and the improvement of science and technology management.
   (1) Having accomplished major scientific and technological innovations, transformed scientific and technological achievements and created significant economic benefits in conducting the technology development programmes;
   (2) Having been engaged in basic scientific and technological work and non-profit scientific and technological undertakings for a long time in public welfare programmes, and having created significant social benefits in practice;
   (3) Having made major scientific and technological contributions to the modernization of national defense and the safeguarding of national security in national security programmes;
   (4) Having reached high-standard international safeguarding level in major engineering programmes.
The date when the whole technology was applied for the first time must be more than 3 years before January 1st of the year when they are recommended; the date when the civil engineering was applied for the first time must be more than 3 years before January 1st of the year when they are recommended.
5. The International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China shall be granted to the following foreign citizens or organizations that have made significant contributions to the cause of China's science and technology:
   (1) Having made major scientific and technological achievements by cooperating with Chinese citizens or organizations in research and development;
   (2) Having made particularly remarkable results by imparting advanced science and technology to Chinese citizens or organizations and training talents;
   (3) Having made important contributions to promoting international scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation between China and foreign countries.

Measures for application
Organizations or individuals that meet the requirements for the application should fill in the letter of recommendation in accordance with the notice issued by the National Office for Science and Technology Awards and the corresponding instructions of filling in different categories of prizes requested by the Manual for the Recommendation of State Science and Technology Prizes as of the year;
The recommendation letter shall be reviewed and submitted to the Science and Technology Development Fund on the basis of merit by the organizations to which the candidates belong and no individual application shall be accepted;
Each organization shall recommend no more than two awards for each category.

Agenda for the recommendation
Data Assunto Responsável
Oct 15-Nov 30, 2018
Accepting application for the State Science and Technology Prizes by the Macao SAR
Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF)
December, 2018
Review on forms and content; STDF may ask for further materials and invite candidates for interview if necessary
STDF, Candidates from the Macao SAR
Before Jan 12, 2019
Further review all application paperwork
STDF
Before Jan 22, 2019
Online recommendation done
STDF
Before Jan 22, 2019
Written recommendation done
STDF
Note: In case of any change of the above agenda, the announcement by the National Office for Science and Technology Awards shall prevail.
 
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Regulations on the State Science and Technology Prizes
Implementation Rules on the Regulations on the State Science and Technology Prizes
The Provisions on Accepting the Recommendation of the State Science and Technology Prizes by the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions
The Manual for the Recommendation of the State Science and Technology Prizes 2019
Recommendation letters for 2019 State Science and Technology Prizes
Measures on Recommendation of the State Science and Technology Prizes for the Macao SAR
Announcement on the application of 2019 State Science and Technology Prizes

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