The Mahathir Science Award (MSA) is positioned as the world’s most prestigious science award for tropical sciences, and is bestowed on any scientists, institution, or organization worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology.
The categories for the award are Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering, Tropical Medicine, and Tropical Natural Resources. It is awarded to the most deserving based on merit. As such, this extends beyond the boundaries of Malaysia in order to encourage excellence in tropical science that will accord direct benefits to countries in the tropics and indirectly to the global community.
The categories for the 2023 Mahathir Science Award are Tropical Agriculture or Tropical Architecture and Engineering.