The award is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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.
The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018.
Professor Essi Viding was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2017 for her achievements in the field of experimental psychology, her ability to communicate with the public and her imaginative project proposal.
Professor Jo Dunkley was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2016 for her research in the cosmic microwave background and her innovative project to support and encourage girls studying physics.
See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture.