Nominations are being accepted for the 13th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium (ZIRS) Awards hosted by the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ). The Awards will be given at the Symposium to be held at the Harare International Conference Centre from 4- 6 October 2023. RCZ hosts symposia biennially to bring together researchers, policy makers, industry, commerce and various users of research results within and outside Zimbabwe. The ZIRS is an international event dedicated to showcasing the latest scientific research results, networking and creating smart partnerships. The Symposia Awards Ceremony is a platform to honour and recognise excelling researchers from various fields.  At the 13th ZIRS awards will be given in fifteen (15) categories.

Nominations for awards are being invited from individuals, groups, companies and communities who have done outstanding research and or innovation in their areas of specialisation and have registered success in employing Research and Development (R&D) or commercialisation of research results.


  • To provide a platform for nurturing relationships between industry and academia for sustainable socio-economic growth and shaping of the National Research Agenda.
  • To facilitate increased transfer of knowledge from knowledge generators to knowledge users (Industry, entrepreneurs, investors).
  • To bring to the fore research outputs with commercial value.


The theme for the 13th ZIRS is “Embracing Research and Innovation for Sustainable Industrialisation”.

Thematic Areas Guidelines

The Call for Nominations is in any of the following National Research Priority theme areas:

  1. Social Sciences and Humanities: Understanding who we are as a nation, what we want, need and where we want to be in the future. Directing research to deliberately shape our future.
  2. Sustainable Environmental and Resource Management in Zimbabwe: Improving the way we utilize our land, water, mineral and energy resources through a better understanding of human and environmental systems and the use of new production technologies, as well as aerospace and other sensing technologies.
  3.  Promoting and Maintaining Good Health: Promoting good health and well-being for all Zimbabweans.
  4. National Security of Zimbabwe: Safeguarding Zimbabwe from terrorism, crime, invasive diseases and pests, strengthening our understanding of Zimbabwe’s place in the region and the world, guarding the proper exploitation of our natural resources and securing our infrastructure.


CategoryCash Prize $US
Presidential Awards 
Robert  Gabriel Mugabe Award to an individual or team for outstanding research$15 000.00
Award to a Female Researcher for outstanding research$7 500.00
Award to a Company / Institute for outstanding application of Research & Development.$7 500.00
Award on outstanding Early Career Researcher$5 000.00
Award on Non-systematic, Disruptive/Non-disruptive Innovation$5 000.00
Sectorial Awards 
Social Sciences and Humanities$3 000.00
Health Sciences$3 000.00
Natural and Environmental Sciences$3 000.00
Agricultural Sciences$3 000.00
National Security$3 000.00
Civil Engineering Sciences$3 000.00
Academic Awards 
University Student Research Award$2 000.00
College Student  Research Award$2 000.00
Young Scientist – Secondary School$1 000.00
Young Scientist – Primary School$500.00


  • The Awards Nomination form should be completed and submitted online using this link :
  • Complete all sections of the Nomination form. Incomplete Nomination forms will not be considered.
  • Nominations in multiple categories are permitted however; each completed form should be used to make a nomination in a single category.
  • Attach the supporting documents for the nomination.
  • Self-nomination is allowed although not encouraged.
  • Nominations entered previously and did not win but have made significant improvements from the last entry may be renominated.
  • The nomination must be supported by evidence.
  • The nomination must be based on work done in Zimbabwe.


  • The nominations submitted will be subjected to a thorough verification and assessment process by a panel of experts and ranked to decide the winning entries for each category.
  • Nominees and nominators maybe requested to provide evidence and respond to queries relating to the submitted nomination.

The Awards Nomination form should be completed and submitted online using this link :


  • 1600 hours on 30 June 2023

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