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Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize

For excellent use-inspired research on structural or functional materials that is both fundamental and for the benefit of society.

Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize. Image credit: Matt Brown

The award

The Prize was established with support from the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers', a livery company originally comprised of armourers and brass workers. The first award was made in 1985.

The Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize is awarded biennially (in even years), for excellence in basic research in functional or structural materials where the research is clearly motivated by use of these materials.

The concept of 'use-inspired basic research' describes research seeking fundamental understanding that is motivated or inspired by considerations of practical use.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.


The call for nominations has now closed. The next call for nominations will open in November 2017.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize Committee. Nominations are valid for one year.

The Prize is awarded at mid-career or at the culmination of a long and distinguished career and is normally awarded to an individual. A candidate’s work and evidence should be of international standing, and should demonstrate originality and breadth of impact in use-inspired basic research on functional or structural materials.

The Prize is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic, or those of any nationality who are ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic and have been for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.

For further details please see the Terms of Reference.

Past winners

Professor Ivan Parkin was awarded the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize in 2014 in recognition of his insight, synthesis, development and commercialisation of coatings. In particular inorganic-oxide self-cleaning coatings for windows and anti-microbial coatings to combat hospital acquired infections.

Jenny Nelson was awarded the prize in 2012 for her theoretical insight into the many factors affecting the fabrication and performance of organic photovoltaics, which has led to the rational design of these devices and related photodetectors based on organic semiconductors.

See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize.