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Nominate for the Royal Society's medals and awards

Royal Society awards, medals and prizes

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully. 

This year, the Society is encouraging nominations of joint collaborations, groups or teams for almost all its medals to better represent how contemporary science is undertaken. In addition, the Society is extremely keen to broaden the diversity of those nominated for its awards, so do please consider all contacts and colleagues.  

You do not have to be a Fellow of the Royal Society to nominate or be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 24 February 2023 at 3pm GMT.

Nominate now

For further information, please see our nomination guidance page or contact the Awards Team.

The Royal Society awards open for nominations from 30 November 2022 are:

Premier awards

Copley Medal
The world's oldest scientific prize will be awarded in 2023 for sustained, outstanding achievements in any field of physical sciences. Open to international nominations.

Royal Medals
For outstanding achievements in the biological, physical and applied sciences.

Croonian Medal and Lecture
The premier lecture in biological sciences. Open to international nominations.

Bakerian Medal and Lecture
The premier lecture in physical sciences. Open to international nominations.

Biological awards

Buchanan Medal
For distinguished contributions to the biomedical sciences.

Darwin Medal
For work of distinction in evolution, biological diversity and developmental, population and organismal biology.

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture
For 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.

Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture
To recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy.

Physical awards

Davy Medal
For outstanding contributions in the field of chemistry.

Hughes Medal
For outstanding contributions in the field of energy.

Rising Star Africa Prize
To recognise early-career research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences.

Royal Society Milner Award
For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Rumford Medal
For outstanding contributions in the field of physics.

Sylvester Medal
For outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics.

Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture
For an outstanding researcher in the field of engineering.

Interdisciplinary awards and those celebrating the communication of science

Gabor Medal
For distinction of interdisciplinary work between the life sciences with other disciplines.

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture
To the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary.

Royal Society Africa Prize
To recognise research scientists based in Africa who are making an innovative contribution to the biological or physical sciences which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

Royal Society David Attenborough Award and Lecture
For outstanding and sustained public engagement with science.

Royal Society Hauksbee Award
For outstanding achievements in science to an individual or team whose work is mostly ‘behind the scenes’ or in support, including technicians, research office staff or other contributors who might not normally be recognised.

Royal Society Mullard Award
For individuals or teams whose work has the potential to make a contribution to national prosperity.

Royal Society Research Culture Award
For outstanding and sustained work in the improvement of the research system/research culture.

Rosalind Franklin Award
To an individual with an established track record of very high standing in any area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for their project to support the promotion of women in STEM.

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture
Given on a subject relating to the history of science, philosophy of science or the social function of science.

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