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

Key information

Awarded to

Career level

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 public engagement activity, or to undertake training relating to public engagement.

The winner will also be expected to work with Cancer Research UK's Research Engagement team to develop and deliver a public engagement activity, the nature, date 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 nomnations 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 public engagement 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 engagementprizes@cancer.org.uk

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

Please note that the deadline is final and we cannot accept nominations after 3 pm on the day of the deadline.


Download a nomination form

Make a nomination

Ready to nominate an outstanding communicator of research?

Download a nomination form