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Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation

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Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation, abbreviated as MSTF, is a foundation located in in Tehran, Iran, established in 2018 .

The main objectives of the foundation are enhancing the development of science and technology in the Islamic World..[1], honoring the scientists of the Islamic world by appreciating their efforts, and training future scientists worldwide[2].

Mahdi Safarinia is the CEO of Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation[3]


Mustafa Prize

The Mustafa Prize award ceremony is held biennially to grant Mustafa Prize, a science and technology award, to the top researchers and scientists of the Islamic World [4]. The prize recognizes leading researchers and scientists from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as Muslim researchers from around the world[5]. The Prize is awarded in four categories, namely “Life and Medical Science and Technology”, “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, “Information and Communication Science and Technology”, and “All areas of science and technology”[6]. The laureates in each field are awarded USD 500,000/- which is financed through the endowments made to the Prize. They are also given a special medal and certificate[7].

Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP)

STEP is a platform, organized by Mustafa science and technology foundation, to expand the scientific network amongst the STI actors of the Islamic world in form of holding international events and laying the groundwork for enhancing scientific synergy and cooperation[8]. This event is usually held alongside the Mustafa Prize, which together comprise the Mustafa Prize week.


  1. "Mustafa Prize". mstfdn.org. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  2. "Mustafa Prize". mstfdn.org. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  3. "Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation and UNOSSC Launch South-South in Action Publication in Tehran". UNOSSC. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. "Nominees for Mustafa Prize 2019 being assessed by final jury". Tehran Times. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  5. Ahmed Khan, Sameen (25 March 2016). "Iran launches the Mustafa Prize for Sciences" (PDF). Current Science. 110: 961.
  6. "Mustafa Prize". http://www.mustafaprize.org. Retrieved 2020-07-09. External link in |website= (help)
  7. "2019 Mustafa Prize names 5 laureates from Iran, Turkey". Mehr News Agency. 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  8. "STEP : Science and Technology Exchange Program". step.mstfdn.org. Retrieved 2020-07-09.

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