The Zee-Magnees Prize was a prestigious honor, originally created by Zalar Mag'nees, ruler of a powerful city-state on Alpha Centauri in the seventeenth century, to reward the greatest achievements in military science and engineering and to encourage scientific research among her citizens.
The awards were discontinued by the nineteenth century as, after two centuries of global peace, it was seen as a relic of an irrelevant warrior past.
The awards were revived in the twenty-second century, now celebrating scientific achievements in general, and expanded to include new branches of research unimagined when the first awards were created. (TOS novel: Memory Prime)
By the twenty-third century, Zee-Magnees Prizes were awarded irregularly by the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Alpha Centauri, for achievements in science. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)
Dr. Leonard McCoy and Spock were both awarded Zee-Magnees Prizes in 2289 (presented in 2290) for their discovery of chronitons and chronometric particles, and the study of their effects on living beings. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)