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Guidelines for Nominators of Prizes


Only RSC members can nominate for 2014 Prizes and Awards Main Portfolio.

In order to make a nomination or an application for most RSC Prizes, you will need to supply:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The candidate's name, contact details and website URL
  • A supporting statement of no longer than one A4 side of 11pt text 
  • one page CV for the candidate which should include their date of birth, website URL, summary of education and career, research area summary (if appropriate), a list of 5 relevant publications and total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate). A template CV is provided for guidance purposes
  • Please note changes to nominators responsibility relating to referees outlined in Timeframe, see Point 3     

Please note that if the submitted documents exceed the stated length, the extra content will not be forwarded to the awards sub-committee.


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Tilden Prize Nominations


When making nominations for the Tilden Prize, you will need to supply:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The candidate's name, contact details and website URL
  • A supporting statement of no longer than one A4 side 
  • one page CV for the candidate which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, list of 5 publications, total numbers of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem and evidence of independence 

Please note that if the submitted documents exceed the stated length, the extra content will not be forwarded to the awards sub-committee. 


Corday-Morgan or Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize Nominations


When making nominations for the Corday-Morgan or Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize, you will need to supply:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The candidate's name, contact details and website URL
  • A supporting statement of no longer than one A4 side
  • one page CV for the candidate which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, list of 5 publications, total numbers of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem and evidence of independence
  • The names and contact details of two independent referees who will be contacted for a reference. For the Corday-Morgan Prize these should not be someone from the same institution or the candidate's post-doc or PhD supervisor. 

Please note that if the submitted documents exceed the stated length, the extra content will not be forwarded to the awards sub-committee. 


Online Nomination Form

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Nominators must be RSC Members. Use the new awards online nomination system, to make a nomination or apply for a Prize or Award

Selection Criteria for RSC Prizes


The following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Prizes will be considered by the selection committee(s) as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software 
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Independence (for early career Prizes only)
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

When nominating recent Award and Prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work.

Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the candidate and note any conflicts of interest.


Selection procedure


  1. Referees are required for the Corday-Morgan and Harrison-Meldola Prizes. The nominator should contact referees once  receipt of nomination is acknowledged. The nominator is responsible for informing the two referees that they must provide reports by 31 January. Nominators should forward the CV and supporting statement for the candidate to the two referees, for reference. Referee reports should be a maximum of 500 words in length and should address the selection criteria outlined above. 

  2. All paperwork for the candidate, including references from the referees, will be circulated to members of the Awards Working Group to be short-listed if there is a high volume of nominations; for subject-specific Prizes the relevant Division Committee will short-list the candidates. 

  3. The shortlists for the Prizes will be considered by the Awards Working Group in March.  Winners will be decided at this meeting.

  4. Any applications without the requisite two referees' reports will be discounted. Referees will be asked to state their relationship with the candidate. 

Panel membership

A list of members of the committees responsible for deciding upon Prize and Award recipients.

Timeframe


  1. Nominations for prizes open in early September  and close on 15 January  the following year.  Prizes run either annually, biennially or triennially.  Please refer to specific prize pages for details on this. 

  2. The Awards office will send an email to acknowledge receipt of your nomination within four working days of submission. The Awards office will not contact the candidate directly.  

  3. Referees (if required), will be contacted by the awards system, to inform the two referees that they must provide reports by 31 January.

  4. Candidates may be short-listed by the Awards Working Group prior to their March meeting if there is a large number of nominations.  

  5. At the meeting in March, winners will be chosen by the Awards Working Group. 

  6. The Prize winners will be contacted after this meeting in late March or early April. 

  7. Once winners have accepted their Prizes, all of the nominators will be contacted with the results. 

  8. The names of the winners will be publicised in the June and July issue of RSC News and on the RSC website. 

  9. Prizes will be presented at either an Awards ceremony in November, or at a symposium or lecture during the year, by arrangement with the Prize-winner.