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.

2019 Winner

Membrane Biophysics Platform

2019 Rita and John Cornforth Award Winner

Cambridge Centre for Misfolding Diseases, University of Cambridge

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 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may nominate themselves
  • Nominations must be for teams and not for individuals 
  • The award is open to teams based in the UK or internationally
  • 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 
  • A supporting statement (up to 7500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria, 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 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    

The RSC reserves the right to rescind any Prize or Award if there is reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no confirmed or potential impediment to their nominee receiving this prize/award related to their professional standing. Our Professional Practice and Code of Conduct can be referred to as a guide on expected standards.

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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 will consider the following aspects of all nominations as appropriate:

  • Teamwork, e.g. the length of collaboration, team size, the rationale for the work carried out in partnership and the contributions made by each party
  • Impact, e.g. the technical, environmental, social or monetary benefits arising from the work
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software     

Chemistry Biology Interface Division Awards Committee

  • Rob Field, University of Manchester (Chair) 
  • Lyn Jones, Jnana Therapeutics 
  • Richard Hartley, University of Glasgow   
  • Kira Weissman, University of Lorraine
  • Dominic Campopiano, University of Edinburgh
  • Jane Thomas-Oates, University of York

Previous Winners

Rita and John Cornforth Award Previous Winners

2008 - present

Submit your nomination

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Deadline for nominations is 15 January 2020. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time.

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Contact and Further Information

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066