Patient Involvement Prize


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, nominations for all our researcher prizes have been postponed until Spring 2021.

This prize recognises an individual or team that involves people affected by cancer in the design, development and/or delivery of cancer research in a high quality and meaningful way.

Whilst this prize recognises the individual or team leading the involvement activity, we also acknowledge the vital role that involved people affected by cancer play in sharing their insights and experience.

Our 2020 Patient Involvement in Research Prize will be awarded in honour of Peter Rainey – a hugely influential and committed patient representative. Peter contributed a great deal to patient involvement and sadly passed away in 2018.

Key information

Awarded to

Awarded to

All career levels

Prize value

Prize value


Key dates

Nominations open

Postponed until Spring 2021


Nominations close

Postponed until Spring 2021

The honorarium may be used to support, develop or extend patient involvement activity, or to undertake training relating to patient involvement.

The winner may also be asked to give a public lecture, host a patient engagement activity, write a public-facing article for CRUK, or undertake a similar task, the nature and timing of which shall be subject to discussion with Cancer Research UK.

Make a nomination

This prize is awarded once every two years to an outstanding researcher nominated by his or her peers.

  • Nominations may be made on behalf of individuals who are living at the time of the nomination.
  • Individuals may self-nominate
  • Nominees need to be in receipt of, or have been supported either directly or indirectly by, Cancer Research UK funding.
  • Cancer Research UK values diversity and inclusion and welcome nominations on behalf of suitable candidates from all backgrounds.
  • While the current geographical location of the Nominee does not affect their eligibility, a significant proportion of their patient involvement work should have taken place in the UK.
  • The Prize will be presented to an individual.
  • Institutions or organisations are not eligible for the Prize.

To nominate for this prize, the following materials must be submitted:

There is no restriction on how many candidates can be nominated by an individual. There is also no restriction on the number of nominators completing forms on behalf of a candidate/team.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to

Paper nominations will not be accepted. A nomination should not be considered submitted until we have issued an email confirming this. Confirmations will be sent within five working days.

The deadline is final and we cannot accept nominations after 3pm (BST) on the day of the deadline.

Download a nomination form