Our annual research prizes

Research Prizes

Our Research Prizes recognise and reward outstanding cancer research leaders. Our prizes honour those who have made exceptional advances, and nurture the next generation of research leaders.

The Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize honours an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the fight against cancer, making exceptional advances in the field.

The Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prizes recognise individuals who have demonstrated the potential to achieve world-leading status by producing research of international importance.

The Translational Cancer Research Prize recognises the cutting edge breakthroughs of an outstanding research team that has united in the quest to ensure scientific discoveries benefit patients and the public.

The Jane Wardle Prevention and Early Diagnosis Prize recognises an individual at any career stage who has produced world-leading research in the field of prevention and early detection of cancer.

Student Prizes

At Cancer Research UK we support the brightest minds throughout their training and careers. Our annual student prizes recognise the achievements of CRUK-funded PhD students.

The Pontecorvo Prize is awarded to the CRUK-funded student who has produced the best PhD thesis and made the most outstanding contribution to scientific knowledge in their field.

Research Engagement Prizes

At Cancer Research UK we know the value of public engagement with the research that we fund. We know that to have an impact, the results of our work must reach patients and the public, fundraising supporters, and the next generation of scientists. To give public engagement the recognition it deserves, we award three prizes to our researchers:

The Inspiring Leadership in Research Engagement Prize honours an individual and his/her team members who have demonstrated significant commitment to public engagement with science and have embedded a culture of public engagement within their institution or research group.

The Rising Star in Research Engagement Prize recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to stimulating enthusiasm and interest in cancer research among the general public.

The Communications and Brand Ambassador Prize recognises an inspiring communicator of research funded by Cancer Research UK to the public through media work.

Prizewinners of 2015

From future leaders to the lifetime achievement of Professor Mel Greaves: discover the exceptional research and outstanding leadership that earned 12 researchers prizes in 2015.

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How to make a nomination

Nominations for our Research Prizes are open from November to March each year. Nominations for Research Engagement Prizes are open during the spring.

Check the individual prizes webpages for details of eligibility, deadlines, and to download a nomination form.