Felix Franks Biotechnology Medal

The award is in Commemoration of Cambridge University Professor, Felix Franks (1926-2016), a highly distinguished former Chairman of the Biotechnology Group, and is a result of the generosity of his family who have agreed to provide the medals. The aim of this RSC Biotechnology Group award is to encourage and recognise excellence in early career scientists in the application of chemical sciences to the study of any aspect of Biotechnology.

The award will be made for the most meritorious contributions to Chemical Biotechnology on the basis of published papers and/or other documentary evidence, including contributions to conferences, over the preceding 5 years. We encourage proposals both from industry and academia, and accept supporting evidence from more than one person if the candidate has not been able to publish confidential work.

The award is open to all early career scientists, whether or not members of the Royal Society of Chemistry or the Biotechnology Group. The definition of an ‘Early Career Scientist’ is normally someone who has obtained their PhD less than 10 years before the closing date for nominations. Full details of Early Career Eligibility Criteria are delineated in an Information Sheet for Nominators available on the Biotechnology Group website.


Nominations for the 2020 medal are open from 1 February to 30 April 2020. The nomination form should be completed and returned to the Chair of the Selection Committee (Professor Stephen Harding) and the Secretary (Dr Colin Bedford) along with the supporting evidence (including a short CV of the candidate).

Nominations Criteria

The candidate’s agreement must first be obtained and the name of a second person willing to act as referee should be given.

Notification of the 2020 Winner and Presentation of the Award

Notification of the winner of the 2020 Award will be made shortly after the Group’s Committee meeting in June 2020. The recipient of the 2020 award will be invited to present a lecture on their work at a meeting sponsored by the RSC Biotechnology Group at which a certificate and the inscribed medal will be presented.

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2020 Nomination Form - Felix Franks Biotechnology Medal
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Contact and Further Information

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Dr Colin Bedford FRSC
Honorary Research Associate Department of Chemistry University College London (UCL) 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ

Professor Steve Harding FRSC
Professor of Applied Biochemistry
School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Loughborough LE12 5RD