In 2023 the Biochemical Society will recognize established researchers as well as scientists in the early stages of their career. The Society would like to encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of the bioscience community.
Nominations can be made by and for both members and non-members of the Society.
Self-nomination is not permitted.
Before submitting a nomination please read the information below carefully to ensure that all requirements are met.
Before starting your nomination, please have the following documentation prepared to upload:
1. A letter of nomination written on your institution/company headed paper nominating the candidate. This letter must summarize the candidate’s achievements and clearly describe the context in which these meet the particular award criteria. Nomination letters should not be longer than two pages of A4. Please note that the Awards Committee will give preference to nominations where the letters of nomination and support demonstrate how the candidate has met the criteria of the Award.
2. Two supporting letters from eminent colleagues who can confirm the suitability of the candidate for the award. Please ensure that the letters of support are supplied on institution/company headed paper and that each letter is no longer than two pages of A4. Supporting letters must contain the following GDPR statement “I consent to the Biochemical Society holding my personal data, for the purposes of managing the Society’s awards portfolio and associated review processes, for a period of one year from the date of submission and indefinitely if the nomination is successful.
Please note the following exceptions:
3. When you have your letters of nomination and support prepared, start your nomination by clicking the ‘Nominate Now’ button above. Then if you are a member, please log-in or if you are not a member please register your details. Complete the nomination form including the upload of your nomination and supporting letters. Once you have clicked the ‘Save or Submit’ button you will receive an email to forward on to the nominee (please check your spam folder if you do not receive this).
4. The nominee will then complete their personal details and upload the required documentation including their CV. Once the nominee has completed this, you will receive an email notification requiring you to log back in and submit the nomination to the awards team.
If you are concerned about your candidate meeting the eligibility criteria for an award or if you have any other questions regarding the awards, please email the Awards department >
Please note you can only submit one nomination per login. If you would like to nominate a second person you will need set up a different account. So please re-register with the Biochemical Society using an alternative email address to create a second login.
1. Please prepare the following documentation as required for the award you have been nominated for:
Please note the following exceptions:
For the Teaching Excellence Award, a CV (2 pages of A4 maximum) is required that emphasizes your contribution to the learning and teaching of biochemistry that extends substantially beyond the duties and responsibilities of an academic teacher. Additionally, a list (one page of A4 maximum) of up to 20 outputs evidencing impact and your contribution to these outputs. Outputs can include but are not limited to: other relevant awards, prizes, pedagogic publications, conference presentations, workshops, blogs, YouTube videos, TED talks, web sites etc.
For the Colworth Medal and Early Career Research Awards, your full CV and a list of all your publications to date are required. The publications list should include the number of citations. Please highlight your top 5 papers and indicate what your contribution was to these papers. In addition, nominations for the Early Career Research Awards should include a brief research document (one page of A4 maximum) to highlight your research career to date
For the Biochemical Society Award (team nomination), a CV from the lead nominee and a list of key team members and their contributions is required. In addition, a list of recent publications relevant to the nominated work should be uploaded. You will also need to explain how your team combined together to create impactful and excellent science.
2. Please detail in a separate document the reason for and length of any career break that you have taken. A career break is considered as any period where you have been out of work, for reasons including, but not limited to, redundancy, maternity leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave or adoption leave; extended leave to perform a carer role, and/or because of relocation. If you have taken a career break for maternity leave or shared parental leave, eligibility for the Colworth Medal, the GlaxoSmithKline Award, the International Award, the Industry and Academic Collaboration Award and the Early Career Research Awards will be extended by 12 months per child. If you are concerned about the eligibility criteria for an award, please email the Awards department > It’s important to provide as much explanatory information as possible about career breaks taken or other mitigating circumstances. These details will be used by the Awards Committee to make appropriate adjustments when assessing nominations.
3. Once you receive an email from your nominator, follow the link in the email to complete the required information and upload your documents. Once you press the ‘Save or Submit’ button, your nominator will receive an email notifying them that you have completed your part of the nomination.
If you have any questions regarding the awards, please email the Awards department >