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Awards

Incorporating feedback from our Awards survey conducted earlier this year, we’re excited to introduce a new portfolio and nomination process.  

Combining new awards and amended criteria for our longstanding prizes, our aim has been to deliver an inclusive and accessible Awards programme that celebrates the outstanding achievements and diversity of the molecular bioscience community.  

Recognizing excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science, all our awards and medal lectureships carry a range of monetary prizes and career enhancing opportunities. Recognition includes invitation to submit an article to one of our journals, present an Award Lecture at a Society event or webinar, mentoring, and the chance to help shape the future of the Society and our publishing arm, Portland Press.  

Nine awards are presented annually and five are biennially or triennially awarded. Nominations that reflect the full breadth and diversity of the molecular bioscience community are encouraged and can be submitted by and for anyone (you don’t have to be a Biochemical Society member).  

View our full list of awards for individuals, teams, and organizations. 

AWARDS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARDS

Biochemical Society Awards are presented annually to individuals, teams, and organizations in two categories: ‘Significant Breakthrough or Achievement’ and ‘Sustained Excellence’.

Criteria

  • Open to all fields of endeavour within, or related to, the molecular biosciences
  • Nominees must demonstrate commitment to build, support, and nurture future talent
  • Nominees are typically mid- to senior career
  • Open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
See full award details

THE COLWORTH MEDAL

The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. 

Criteria

  • This award is made to a scientist who is within 10 years of receiving their highest qualification
  • Candidates who have completed their PhD more than 10 years ago and who have had a career break will be considered by the Awards Committee
See full award details

INSPIRATION AND RESILIENCE AWARD

The Inspiration and Resilience Award is presented annually to an outstanding individual who has achieved remarkable advances in the molecular biosciences considering limited resources, funding, or lack of opportunities available to them.

Criteria

  • Nominees must demonstrate commitment to build, support, and nurture future talent
  • Nominees are typically early to mid-career
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based
  • This award is only open to individuals
See full award details

THE GLAXOSMITHKLINE AWARD

The GlaxoSmithKline Award is given every 2 years in recognition of research leading to new advances in medical science and corresponds to research carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the 7 years preceding the date of nomination.

Criteria

  • This award is specifically intended to recognize research by mid-career biochemists who are within 20 years of receiving their highest qualification in the field of biochemistry related to medicine
  • Research must have been carried out in the UK or the Republic of Ireland
See full award details

THE MORTON LECTURE

First awarded in 1978 to commemorate the late R.A. Morton, The Morton Lectureship is awarded every 2 years and recognizes outstanding contributions to lipid biochemistry.

Criteria

  • Nominees have made an outstanding contribution to lipid biochemistry
  • Nominees are typically senior career
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based
  • This award is only open to individuals
See full award details

THE CENTENARY AWARD

The Centenary Award is awarded annually to a molecular bioscientist based on the impact of their research and a demonstratable commitment to build, support, and nurture talent within the scientific community.

Criteria

  • A biochemist of distinction by virtue of the impact of their research, along with commitment to build, support, and nurture talent within the scientific community
  • Nominees are typically senior career
  • Open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • This award is only open to individuals
See full award details

EARLY CAREER RESEARCH AWARDS

The Early Career Research Awards recognize the impact of research carried out in the molecular biosciences by early career scientists.

Criteria

  • Nominees should be early career, typically within 10 years of receiving their highest qualification
  • Nominees should have produced international-quality research outputs
  • Nominees should be able to demonstrate ambitions and aspirations consistent with the potential to achieve world-leading status
  • Open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
See full award details

RESEARCH SUPPORT AWARD

The Research Support Award is presented annually to celebrate the skills and experience of support staff within education, research, and industry.

Criteria

  • Nominees must demonstrate an outstanding contribution and impact to a team/department/organization or field of science
  • There are no career stage restrictions for this award
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based
  • This award is open to individuals, teams, or organizations
See full award details

INTERNATIONAL AWARD

This award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding and independent research that illustrates the importance of the molecular biosciences in the advancement of life science research.

Criteria

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of outputs - publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Commitment to build, support, and nurture future talent e.g., mentorship
  • Other indicators of esteem demonstrated by the nominator
See full award details

TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees in Higher Education. Presented in two categories: ‘Early Career’ and ‘Established Educator’, these awards recognize individual excellence, commitment to continuing professional development, commitment to students and colleagues, and sustained and continued impact.

Criteria

Nominees must show evidence of:
  • Individual excellence – developing innovative approaches to teaching and assessment in biochemistry
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Commitment to students and colleagues – showing awareness of the different needs of students and demonstrating success in widening participation
  • Sustained and continued impact
See full award details

THE KEILIN MEMORIAL LECTURE

First awarded in 1964 to commemorate the late David Keilin, this lectureship is awarded every 2 years to recognize work in bioenergetics, electron transfer, and mitochondrial biology.

Criteria

  • Nominees should be working in a field related to the interests of Keilin e.g., bioenergetics, electron transfer, and mitochondrial biology
  • Nominees are typically mid to senior career
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based
  • This award is only open to individuals
See full award details
AWARD NOT OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
RETIRED AWARDS