Our researcher 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.

Engagement Prizes

At CRUK we know the value of public and patient 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. We also appreciate the value of involving people affected by cancer in research. To give both public engagement and patient involvement the recognition they deserve, we award four prizes:

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.

Patient Involvement in Research Prize recognises an individual or team who involve people affected by cancer in research in a high quality and meaningful way.

Celebrating our 2018 prize winners

Our 2016 Prizewinners

We've awarded our annual research prizes, which this year celebrate a lifetime in cancer biology, an early diagnosis champion, and three leaders of tomorrow.

Celebrating our Engagement Prize winners

2017 Cancer Research UK Engagement Prize winners

We've awarded our Research Engagement Prizes to four outstanding researchers, recognising their extraordinary commitment in actively engaging and involving the public and patients with science.

How to make a nomination

Nominations for our Research Prizes are open from November to March each year, and nominations for our Engagement Prizes are open from November to March biennially. Nominations for our Student Prize open in January and close in March each year.

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