Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award


The Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award (previously the Merck Award) is for contributions to any area of organic chemistry from an established career scientist. 


2018 Winner

Professor Frank Glorius

2018 Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award Winner

Professor Frank Glorius, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster


General information


  • Run annually
  • The winner receives £2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Organic Division Awards Committee
                      Merck, Sharpe & Dohme
Sponsored by MSD

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
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • Nominees should be an established career scientist, typically with no more than 20 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.
  • Nominees will be assessed on work published in the previous five years 
  • 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 
  • References are not required for this award and will not be accepted 

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
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator    

Organic Division Awards Committee


  • Chris Willis, University of Bristol (Chair)
  • John Murphy, University of Strathclyde
  • Elaine O'Reilly, The University of Nottingham
  • David Procter, The University of Manchester
  • Steven Marsden, University of Leeds
  • Andrew C Williams, Eli Lilly and Company Limited  

Previous Winners

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

Submit your nomination

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Contact and Further Information

Awards
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