These Biochemical Society awards recognize the impact of research carried out by early career scientists i.e. those who have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience. It is expected that successful candidates will have produced international quality research outputs, and be able to demonstrate ambitions and aspirations consistent with the potential to achieve world-leading status. Each awardee is given the opportunity to present a lecture at a Society conference and receives £1000 prize money. Each winner receives a medal and is invited to submit an article to a Society-owned publication.


Criteria for nomination

Nominees must have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience at the time of the awards nomination deadline (31 January).  Nominees should have produced international quality research outputs, a significant proportion of which should arise from work performed in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Nominations must include:

  • the candidate's CV
  • a brief research statement
  • a nominating letter
  • two letters of support (at least one of which must come from outside the nominee's institute).



Nominations will first be considered by an appropriate Theme Panel or Research Area although the final decisions will be made by the Awards Committee. Nominations where the researcher has had a career break e.g. through family commitments, illness or other good reasons, will be considered by the Awards committee.


Call for nominations:

Odd years (e.g. 2019, 2021, 2023...)

  • Genes
  • Energy and Metabolism
  • Signalling
  • Biotechnology

Even years (e.g. 2018, 2020, 2022...)

  • Molecular Structure and Function
  • Cells
  • Biological Systems
  • Computational Biology


The 2018 Early Career Research Award Winners:


Yasin Dagdas (Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria) has been awarded the Cells Early Career Research Award

Wojciech Galej (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, France) has been awarded the Molecular Structure and Function Early Career Research Award