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Royal Society Pfizer Award

Charles Pfizer

Awarded to scientists working in the biological sciences to promote capacity building in Africa.

2015 Pfizer Early Career Award

Dr Gordon A Awandare was awarded the 2015 Pfizer Early Career Award for his achievements in molecular and cellular studies of malaria, including how malaria parasites invade red blood cells and cause disease. 

Dr Gordon A AwandareDr Gordon A Awandare

It is an enormous honour to me and my team, including students, faculty and collaborators. We are building capacity for high quality science right here in Africa, and this award indicates that we are on course. But we are only getting started, therefore, recognition from such an esteemed institution as the Royal Society will give momentum to our research and training efforts. 

2015 Pfizer Advanced Award

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum was awarded the 2015 Pfizer Advanced Award for his seminal work on viral haemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola, generating the foundation of our understanding of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and control of outbreaks of these viral infections. 

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-TamfumProfessor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum

I am glad to learn that I am the winner of the 2015 Royal Society Pfizer Advanced Award. This is a real recognition of our pioneering work on Filoviruses, including Ebola virus disease (EVD) since its first emergence in 1976, both in the Republic Democratic of Congo (Yambuku) and Sudan (Nzara).

Dr Faith Osier was awarded the 2014 Royal Society Pfizer Prize for her research on understanding the mechanisms of immunity to malaria infection in man.

See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Pfizer Award

The award

Since 2006, with the support of Pfizer Inc, the Royal Society has offered the Pfizer Award to reward scientists based in Africa, and to promote science capacity building in the developing world.

The Royal Society Pfizer Award recognises research scientists who are making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences, including basic medical science, which contributes significantly to capacity building in Africa.

In 2015, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Royal Society Pfizer Award, the programme has been expanded to allow two awards. Each award consists of a grant towards a research project that is linked to an African centre of scientific excellence, which would normally be a University, or equivalent research centre. The grant is intended to contribute towards the costs of the research project, with the exception of the awardees own salary. A further personal prize is also given to the recipients.

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award will be presented to a research scientist showing exceptional promise, but at an earlier stage of his or her career, usually having received their PhD within the last 20 years. The Early Career Award recipient will receive a grant of £14,000 together with a personal prize of £1,000.

Advanced Award

The Advanced Award will be presented to an experienced top-level researcher that has made a significant and sustained contribution in both research and leadership over a longer period of time. A grant of £11,000 and a personal prize of £4,000 will be awarded to the Advanced Award recipient.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Society. A seminar will also be held to celebrate the work of the awardees at which they will give a talk about their research and how their award will affect their progress. As part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations, past award recipients will be invited to attend and give a presentation on the award’s impact on his/her research career. Those attending the seminar will be scientists in the relevant field, those working on capacity building in Africa and policy makers.


The call for nominations is now closed.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committees. Nominations are valid for one year.

Please read the terms and conditions for this award (PDF)and the general terms and conditions (PDF) for your information.

The prize is presented at a ceremony at the Royal Society.  A seminar is also held to celebrate the work of the recipient at which he/she will give a talk about their research and how the prize will affect their progress. Those attending the seminar will be scientists in the relevant field, those working on capacity building in Africa and policy makers.

PfizerThis award is supported by Pfizer Inc.