The lectureship was endowed by Sydney Brenner FRS in memory of Francis Crick FRS, the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. The first lecture was given in 2003. The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.
The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture is given annually in any field in the biological sciences. Preference is given to genetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in which Francis Crick worked, and to fundamental theoretical work, which was the hallmark of Crick’s science.
The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2016.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for one year.
The Committee will award the lectureship to an early career stage scientist, meaning candidates should have undertaken no more than 15 years of research work since gaining their PhD.
The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
Dr Madan Babu Mohan
Dr Madan Babu Mohan was awarded the 2016 Francis Crick Medal and Lecture for his major and widespread contributions to computational biology.
Professor Rob Klose was awarded the 2015 Francis Crick Lecture for his research to understand how chromatin-based and epigenetic processes contribute to gene regulation.
See full list of all past winners of the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture.