Nominate for the Royal Society's medals and awards

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

The Royal Society awards that were open for nominations from 30 November 2022 to 27 February 2023 were:

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 togenetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in whichFrancis Crick worked, and to fundamental theoretical work, which wasthe 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 aremaking an innovative contribution to the physical, mathematical andengineering 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 aninnovative contribution to the biological or physical sciences whichcontributes 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 whosework is mostly ‘behind the scenes’ or in support, including technicians,research office staff or other contributors who might not normally berecognised.

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.