At the close of the online submission set on 15 June 2021, MTSF Secretariat was in receipt of a total of 705 applications for the 2021 MTSF programme, comprising 19 nominees for the MTSF Science & Technology Award (STA), 686 applicants for the MTSF Science & Technology Research Grant (STRG) and 40 applicants for the MTSF Science Education Award (SEA).
In view of the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic and in compliance with the Movement Control Order, the evaluation processes were conducted by the respective Selection & Examination Committees remotely in July 2021 whereby four (4) STA nominees, fifteen (15) STRG applicants and fifteen (15) SEA applicants were shortlisted for further interview.
Conducted over two days on 14th and 15th September 2021, the Selection and Examination Committees evaluated and judged the interviewees’ proposals and projects based on their scientific achievements, contributions and objectives. The following final recipients were recommended to the MTSF Board for the 2021 MTSF Awards and Grants:
(a) Two winners for the “Science & Technology Award” in respect of their past scientific achievements. The award carries a monetary of RM30,000 each.
(b) Fifteen researchers for the "Science & Technology Research Grant" pertaining to the proposed research projects. The grants is limited to RM60,000 each (including 5 to 10 grants from Toray Science Foundation, Japan worth Japanese Yen 5 million).
(c) Fifteen Secondary school teachers and educators for the “Science Education Award” in respect of their innovative science teaching methods. The prizes range from RM2,000 to RM6,000 each
A Joint MTSF Prize Presentation Ceremony in respect of the Year 2020 (27th) & 2021 (28th) Programs, to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams has been scheduled on the 23 November 2021.