University of Dundee

School of Life Sciences Prizes

The call for nominations for our School of Life Sciences Prizes is now open.  These are awarded annually and will be presented to the winners at our Review of the Year in January 2018.  Nominations may be submitted by the nominee/s or by a third party - there is no difference to the ranking process so don't be shy! There are 3 different categories:

  1. Innovator of the Year Award
  2. Dundee Prize for Molecular and Cellular Biology
  3. Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research

Each competition has a Prize of £500 for the winners.  Where a competition allows both individual and group/team entries, the prize money will be split equally between the winning entries of the two categories (i.e. £250 to the individual winner, and £250 to the winning group) unless one application is clearly more excellent than all others in which case the judging panels retain the prerogative to award a single prize of £500.
 
All winning individuals and the lead applicant in a winning group/team (or another nominated member of the team) will receive registration to the School of Life Sciences Annual Research Symposium at Crieff Hydro in March 2018 with the option to present a poster or talk on the work that contributed to winning the award.  All winners, including all members listed in the application of a winning team, will receive a certificate.
 
The deadline for nomination is 5pm on Friday 17th November
 
Details for each award are as follows:
 

1. Innovator of the Year Award

Purpose: to recognise a member of SLS (at any level - PhD student, post-doc or PI) or a team within SLS that demonstrably achieved scientific, technical or commercial innovation that came to fruition in 2017. 
 
Examples might be:

  • Publication or release of an innovative technique, new tool or piece of software likely to have global impact.
  • Provision of a service or platform likely to have significant benefit to SLS and UoD basic and/or translational research.
  • An innovative collaboration with industry.
  • Successful spin-out of a company or licensing of IP.
  • A recent success resulting from a previous spin-out or licensing deal.

Who:  There will be two categories for (a) individuals and (b) groups in the School of Life Sciences.
 
Required: a statement (maximum 1 page) capturing the essence of the innovation plus, if possible, a graphical abstract that visually captures the innovation.
 
Applications sent to: g.gray@dundee.ac.uk
 

2. Dundee Prize for Molecular and Cellular Biology

To recognise a significant advance in basic research in any area of Molecular and/or Cellular Biology carried out in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.  The Prize aims to recognise excellence in basic research and is intended to reward either:

  • novel, high impact discoveries of basic mechanisms in molecular and/or cell biology, or
  • the development of new methods or assay systems that have the potential to significantly advance the field. 

Who: individual pre- or post-doctoral researchers in the School of Life Sciences.
 
Required: a description of the advance, and why it is important (maximum 500 words, excluding references). Please include manuscripts in preparation or under review.
  
Applications sent to: g.gray@dundee.ac.uk
 

3. Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research

Purpose: Nominations are invited for an individual communicator or team of communicators from within the School of Life Sciences that have made outstanding contributions to public outreach activities within the last two years.
 
Who: There will be two categories for (a) individuals and (b) groups in the School of Life Sciences
 
Award committee: All nominations will be ranked by Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall, as Academic Lead for Public Engagement; Dr. Nicola Weichens and Dr. Paul O’Mahone, Research Staff Representatives; and Senga Robertson, Research Student representative. 
  
Application form and guidance documents will be available on the School website.
 
Applications sent to: SLS-PublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk