The NSTF is making a special award this year for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation from research and development in the Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. This is in recognition of the proclamation by the United Nations of the Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development being 2021 to 2030. The subject is also a government priority. The Ocean Sciences are defined as being: ocean resource development, living and non- living resources and their exploration, conservation, fostering, consumption, management and trade; (as per US legislation of 1948). We visualize that the topic can cover amongst others: climate change, a just transition to a low carbon economy, and conserving the planet.