The award is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills (BIS) and is named in honour of the biophysicist Rosalind
Franklin, who made critical contributions to the understanding of the
fine molecular structures of DNA. The first award was made in 2003.
The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £30,000.
The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the
grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in
their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.
Nominations for the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2017 have now closed. Medallists will be announced in July with the next round of nominations opening in November 2017.
Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award winner 2016
Professor Jo Dunkley. Copyright: Wadham College
The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2016 is awarded to Professor Jo Dunkley for her research in the cosmic microwave background and her innovative project to support and encourage girls studying physics.
Professor Dunkley was presented a medal of silver gilt at the Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture in November 2016.
Professor Lucy Carpenter was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2015 for her scientific achievement, her suitability as a role model and her project proposal to promote women in STEM.
Professor Rachel McKendry was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2014 for her scientific achievement, her suitability as a role model and her project proposal to promote women in STEM.
See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture.