Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award


The Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award is for exceptional contributions to the chemical sciences in the area of environment, sustainability and energy.


2017 Winner

Professor Ning Yan

Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award 2017 Winner

Professor Ning Yan, National University of Singapore


General information


  • Run biennially - OPEN for 2019 nominations 
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate 
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Awards Committee

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • This award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally 
  • Nominees should be an early career scientist, typically with no more than 10 years of full-time equivalent professional experience.
  • This should be experience gained as part of a scientific career excluding time spent in full-time education. Time spent as a postgraduate student should not be included e.g. Masters, PhD. Time spent as a post-doctoral researcher should be included. 
  • Nominators will be asked to provide details of the nominee's professional experience, in relation to the above criteria. 
  • Career breaks will be recognised, and applications are particularly encouraged from those whose career has spanned a break due to caring responsibilities or personal circumstances e.g. a period of parental/adoption leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work    

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system  to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence
  • The names and contact details of two referees. Please inform referees of the nomination as the awards system will contact them as soon as the application is submitted. Referees may not include the nominee's post-doc or PhD supervisor
  • Referees must provide reports by 31 January
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.      

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Independence 
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator       

Guidelines for Referees


  • The awards system will contact referees to inform them that they must provide reports (of up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) by 31 January.
  • We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.     

Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Awards Committee


  • Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Heriot-Watt University (Chair)
  • Chris Walton, Cranfield University
  • Gary Fones, University of Portsmouth
  • Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay, University of Glasgow
  • Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink, Science AAAS
  • Martin Rose, Independent Consultant 

Previous Winners

Environment, Sustainability & Energy Division Early Career Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award was established in 2008. 


Submit your nomination

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Contact and Further Information

Awards
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066