Natural Product Chemistry Award


The Natural Product Chemistry Award is for studies of the chemistry of natural products.


2016 Winner

Professor Jieping Zhu

Natural Product Award 2016 Winner

Professor Jieping Zhu, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


General information


  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2017 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 Organic 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
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • 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


  • Alison Hulme, University of Edinburgh (Chair) 
  • Debra Wallace, Merck
  • Stephen Clark, University of Glasgow
  • Ed Anderson, University of Oxford
  • Gonçalo Bernardes, University of Cambridge
  • Vipul Patel, GSK 

Previous Winners

Natural Product Chemistry Award Previous Winners

1970 - present

History of the Award


The Natural Product Chemistry award was established in 2008 and is different to the previous Industrially Sponsored Natural Products Chemistry Award. The associated lecture is known as the Simonsen Lecture. This was previously associated with the Simonsen Lectureship, which was discontinued in 2008.


Contact and Further Information

Awards
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