Mercer Prize

This scheme is for scientists whose research has been commercially exploited for significant wealth generation or societal benefit in the UK.


The award is open to any post-doctoral researcher in academic organisations, research institutes or any other research and technology organisation, including SME commercial organisations.

Nominations for are invited from all Fellows of the Society, Society research award holders, research institutions and industry. Self-nominations are allowed.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements.


The prize consists of a silver gilt medal, a prize of £5,000 and a research grant of up to £25,000.

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is currently closed to applications.

One Mercer Prize is awarded each year.

Industry and innovation schemes

Mullard Award
A prestigious award and gift of £2,000 for early career scientists, engineers and technologists whose work has the potential to contribute to national prosperity.

Industry Fellowship
For academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.
Brian Mercer Feasibility Award
For scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.
Brian Mercer Award for Innovation
For scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product, ready for commercial exploitation.
See all the grant schemes.

Contact us

If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.