The Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to an individual demonstrating creativity and vision, driving chemistry innovation to commercial success for their business.
- Runs annually
- The winner will be featured in Chemistry World, the Royal Society of Chemistry's flagship magazine
- The winner will be chosen by the Industry Prizes Working Group
2021 Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Winner
Paul Jones, Chemical Processing Services Ltd, Bitrez Ltd, Anacarda Ltd.
For the creation of UK businesses that are globally recognised for innovating speciality polymers employing green chemistry principles.
Guidelines for nominators
- Nominations open 18 October
- Nominations close 18 January, 17:00 GMT
- Both RSC members and non-members can nominate for this prize
- Nominees may nominate themselves
- We will not consider nominations of deceased individuals.
- Nominees can only be considered for one of our Research & Innovation Prizes in any given year. In a case where a nominee is nominated for more than one prize independently, RSC staff will ask the nominee which prize they would like to be considered for.
- Individuals named in any of the following roles during the nomination and judging period are not eligible to nominate or be nominated:
- Industry Prizes Working Group members
- RSC Subject Community Presidents
- RSC Prize Committee members
- Trustees of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Royal Society of Chemistry staff
- The prize is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
- There are no career stage restrictions associated with this prize
- When nominating recent RSC prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work
- Nominees should only be nominated once for this prize in any given prize cycle. In cases where we receive more than one nomination for the same nominee, only one nomination will go forward to judging.
- Starting from the 2023 cycle, unsuccessful nominations for this prize will automatically rollover to the next prize cycle, unless the nominee’s circumstances have changed so as to make them ineligible, in relation to the eligibility criteria for the prize as outlined above. We encourage nominators to update their nomination between cycles when the nomination window is open. Nominations will be considered for two consecutive prize cycles.
To make a nomination, please use our online nominations system to submit the following information:
- Your name and contact details. The identity of nominators is not made known to our judging panels. The RSC reserves the right to amend nominations if necessary to ensure the anonymity of the nominator.
- Your 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 a summary of their education and career, and a maximum of 5 relevant publications or patents.
- A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (including spaces) and no longer than one sentence
- A supporting statement (up to 750 words) addressing the selection criteria. There is no requirement for detailed technical or commercial data, but please provide sufficient information to enable the panel to evaluate submissions that are likely to be vastly different from each other. Our guidance for nominators page has more information on writing this supporting statement.
- A statement (up to 100 words) describing how your nominee has contributed more broadly to the scientific community. A list of possible examples is outlined in the ‘selection criteria’ tab.
- References are not required for this prize and will not be accepted.
The RSC reserves the right to rescind any prize if there are reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that to the best of their knowledge there is no impediment, relating to professional conduct, to their nominee receiving this prize. All prize winners will be asked to sign the RSC’s Code of Conduct Declaration for Recognition.Make a nomination
Selection Criteria and Judging Panel
Our selection committees base their evaluations on the overall quality of relevant contributions and achievements by nominees, in relation to the selection criteria listed below.
The scientific content of any supporting publications, as described in the supporting statement, is much more important than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it is published.
Supporting statements should cover the following:
- Introduction of entrepreneur and the business: describe the business and the nominee's current position and responsibilities in the business.
- Success and challenges to date: describe the entrepreneurial story, including the risks and obstacles overcome, resilience shown.
- Innovation and creativity: describe the products and services which differentiate the business from competitors.
- Growth potential and financial performance: describe succinctly the growth strategy and whether the business generated any revenue or profit in the last three years.
In an instance where multiple nominees are judged equally meritorious in relation to the above criteria, judging panels have the flexibility to use information provided by the nominator on the nominee’s broader contribution to the chemistry community as an additional criterion.
Examples of relevant contributions could include, but are not limited to:
- Involvement with Royal Society of Chemistry member groups/networks
- Effective mentorship
- Service on boards, committees or panels
- Leadership in the scientific community
- Promotion of diversity and inclusion
- Advocacy for chemistry
- Public engagement and outreach
Industry Prizes Working Group
- Paul Brewer, National Physical Laboratory (Chair)
- Ian Ball, Johnson Matthey
- Oscar Kelly, Altana
- Lydia Meyer Turkson, INARI Agriculture
- Katty O'Brien-Quilty, Thames Water
History of the prize
The Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year was launched in 2005, recognising the contributions of individuals demonstrating creativity and vision, driving chemistry innovation to commercial success for their business.
Re-thinking recognition: Science prizes for the modern world
This report is the result of an independent review of our recognition programmes. Our aim in commissioning this review was to ensure that our recognition portfolio continues to deliver the maximum impact for chemical scientists, chemistry and society.
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