Annual National Young Researcher’s Awards
With a view to encouraging other early to mid-career researchers who are not members of the NYA, seven annual competitive awards have been instituted in recognition of excellent young researchers in the country. These awards are part of the Academy’s contribution (in collaboration with donors) to promoting the development of science and technology as well as a robust research culture (in line with global best practice) in Nigeria. Original research, excellence and societal relevance of research works presented are considered as topmost factors in assessing these applications. Members of the Academy are not allowed to contest for these awards so as to avoid any form of conflict of interest.
These prizes are kind donations from senior erudite scholars who out of their generosity fund the prizes monetarily while the Academy provides a certificate as well as fund the administration of the prizes. All except one of the current prize donors are Fellows of Senior Academies in Nigeria of which four are Fellows of NAS and one is a Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Letters. In all, the Academy now administers seven national prizes: