Kudos Science & Technology Award

This award aims to recognise a major recent contribution to the development of information/digital/data technology across any major field or industry, including but not restrictive: Agriculture, Environmental, Data, Engineering or Health/Medical.


      • Science encompasses the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment, and technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.
      • Includes the use of all technologies, software development and programmes including AI and ML.

      • Based on science and research publications, patents and science that has led to outcomes that can be or have been objectively assessed and evaluated.

      • Ability of the scientist to communicate their research to a wide (lay) audience

      • Scientific achievement is judged using international benchmarks by a group of peers

      • The award must be spent in such a way to further advance science in the Waikato/BOP regions (e.g., paying to bring in an overseas expert, attending an international conference, visiting overseas research organisations, ups killing in a certain area, etc.) and winners must provide a letter to the Trust within 12 months of receipt of the awards, detailing how the award was used.

      • The award will be paid to the individual/team, unless otherwise agreed between the winner and the Kudos Science Trust. 


      • The nominee/team must be based principally or residing in the Greater Waikato Region and includes the Bay or Plenty area.
      • The nominee can be an individual or a team.
      • The nominee must have performed or directed the work underpinning the innovation.
      • The nominee must have recognised qualifications relative to the award being sought. A relevant qualification is required.
      • The recipient must agree to give a nominated lecture or presentation to a high school or general audience, if requested.
      • The recipient must be prepared to interact with appropriate news media to publicise the research on which the award is based and science in general.
      • The winner does not have to be a New Zealand citizen or resident.
      • While previous years’ outright winners in this award category are encouraged to reapply, they cannot put forward the same piece of work in support of this year’s award.

Make a Nomination

Download the necessary form, then upload with your submission