Rita and John Cornforth Award


The Rita and John Cornforth Award enables scientists working in collaborative research teams with both chemistry and the life sciences disciplines to be promoted and rewarded.


2014 Winner

Professor Bountra

Rita and John Cornforth Award 2014 Winner

Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Oxford


General information


  • Run annually
  • Award winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Chemistry Biology Interface Division Awards Committee

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 September 2014
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2015 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for the 2015 Prizes and Awards Main portfolio 
  • Candidates may NOT nominate themselves
  • Nominations must be for teams, rather than for individuals 
  • The award is open to teams based in the UK or internationally
  • When nominating recent Award and Prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work         

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system at the bottom of the page 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 candidate's name and contact details
  • A short summary (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) including a description of the research team's background, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant 
  • A supporting statement (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) 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       

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


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

Previous Winners

Rita and John Cornforth Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

Make a Nomination

Related Links

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Deadline for nominations Wednesday 15 January 2015. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time


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Chemistry Biology Interface Division Awards Committee


  • Tom Brown (Chair), University of Oxford
  • Patrick Steel, Durham University
  • Mike Page, University of Huddersfield
  • Rein Ulijn, University of Strathclyde
  • Kira Weissman, Lorraine University, France       

Contact and Further Information

Awards
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Tel: +44 (0)1223 432384
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