Awards and prizes

ACP McElwain prizes

Applications are invited for the ACP McElwain Prizes (£1,000).  These annual awards were established by the friends and colleagues of Professor Tim McElwain to commemorate his extraordinary contribution to the development of Medical Oncology in the UK.

Eligibility: The prizes are open to trainees in Medical Oncology who are members of the Association of Cancer Physicians.

The prize: Two McElwain Prizes will be awarded (each with a value of £1000), one for a clinical project and one for basic/translational research. The prizewinners will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the Conference to be held at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, 5th-8th November 2017, with Conference registration costs included in the prizes.  Both prize winners will also be asked to present their work at the annual Cancer Physicians in Training weekend (14th-15th October 2017 in Manchester).

For further details on the application process, please visit the ACP website. If you are a UK trainee in medical oncology and interested in applying for the prize, but not currently a member of the ACP, please contact Alison Norton ( about membership.


AstraZeneca Investigator Poster Prize

AstraZeneca is proud to support excellence in research by young scientists and is awarding a prize to one high-quality abstract submitted by a PhD student.

Eligibility: The AstraZeneca Student Prize Award is open to PhD students only who have submitted an abstract during the general abstract submission period (late breaking abstracts will NOT be considered for this prize) that has been accepted for poster presentation. The winner must present an e-poster at the Conference.

Selection of the winner: A judging panel at AstraZeneca will select the winner of the award from abstracts that are accepted for inclusion as a poster presentation and that received high grades during the peer review process.

The prize: The recipient receives a bursary covering registration, accommodation in a 3-star hotel associated with the Conference, and travel to the NCRI Conference (up to a maximum of £200 for UK travel and £500 for international travel).

BASO-highres-crest_smallBASO~ACS Alan Edwards Poster Prize

The Alan Edwards Prize was first awarded in 1978 in memory of Alan Edwards, a Consultant Surgeon at Whipps Cross Hospital in London, an early member of BASO who tragically died in a boating accident. The best six poster presentations on surgical oncology topics will be selected during the Conference and asked to make a brief oral presentation. The best one will be awarded with a certificate and prize of £400.



BASO~ACS Raven Prize

Ronald Raven, OBE, was a surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He had a distinguished career as a surgical oncologist spanning over 30 years and was co-founder of the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO) in 1973. The award was first presented in 1973 and, with few exceptions, has been awarded every year since.

Formerly known as The Ronald Raven Prize, this prize is awarded annually to the best presenting author in the Ronald Raven prize session of the Conference. All surgical oncology abstracts will be eligible for this award. The winner receives a certificate and an award of £600.


BASO-highres-crest_smallThe British Journal of Surgery Lecture and Prize

The British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd (BJS) is a registered charity, through which support is provided to surgical bodies, thereby advancing and improving education in surgery, diffusing knowledge on new and improved methods of teaching and practicing surgery in all its branches. The Society provides support for invited lectureships and surgical prizes. All surgical abstracts will be eligible for this prize. The prize for 2017 is £600.

BASO~ACS Plenary Lifetime Achievement Awards

BASO~ACS awards a number of plenary lifetime achievement awards to honour experts in the field of oncology, recognising their outstanding achievements and contribution to the advancement of cancer care and research.

At this year’s Conference, the following awards will be presented:


BACR2British Association of Cancer Research (BACR)/Gordon Hamilton-Fairley Young Investigator Award

The BACR/Gordon Hamilton-Fairley Young Investigator Award recognises and encourages the talents of junior cancer researchers.

Eligibility: Entrants must be clinically or scientifically qualified, but not more than five years post PhD/MD, and must have held BACR membership for at least one year.

Selection of the winner: A panel of judges from the BACR will review all accepted abstracts submitted by eligible entrants and shortlist a number of these. Shortlisted entrants will be required to produce a poster for inclusion in a poster session at the Conference. A panel of judges from the BACR will award the prize to the entrant who they judge to have produced the best quality poster.

The prize: The winner of the award will be presented with a certificate and cheque for £300 at the BACR Annual General Meeting. The winner will also be acknowledged during a plenary session.

CCLG logoChildren’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Award

The CCLG Prize will be offered for the best abstract on childhood cancer research. The award is aimed at young scientists and clinicians who are in training or at early stages of their career.

Eligibility: Entrants must be in training or in the early stages of their career (within ten years of their MD/PhD).

Selection of the winner: A group of scientists and clinicians from the CCLG Biological Steering Committee and the CCLG Executive Board will review the abstracts of eligible submitters who have had an abstract accepted for inclusion in as a poster presentation. The group will select the winner of the prize from these abstracts.

The prize: The winner gets a certificate, £250 and the abstract will be considered for an oral presentation in a paediatric oncology session at the Conference.

NCRI logoNational Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Prize Awards

NCRI bursaries are awarded to high-quality abstracts submitted for presentation at the Conference.

Eligibility: Open to basic, translational and clinical researchers. To be eligible for this award, entrants must be undertaking either clinical or non-clinical research, and preferably be within one year of graduation in doctoral studies (PhD or equivalent). High-quality abstracts submitted by more senior researchers may be considered, if the judging panel feel they are worthy of recognition.

Selection of the winner: A judging panel will review the entries and award up to 10 bursaries to those deemed to have submitted the best abstracts. Winners will be notified before the Conference.

The prize: The prize takes the form of a bursary of up to a maximum of £250. Winners will be able to claim – upon receipt of a completed expense form after the Conference – the bursary amount towards their registration fee or travel/accommodation.

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National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Werth Trust Award

The aim of this prestigious Award is to allow American students and junior doctors/scientists to attend the Conference and foster relationships with colleagues from the UK and rest of the world.

Eligible applicants must be based in the USA and still in training (only medical/scientific undergraduates, PhD students and doctors in Foundation Years 1 and 2 or equivalent will be considered). All abstracts on any relevant topic from applicants who fulfil the criteria will be considered. The winner will be granted a bursary of up to £1,600 to cover travel expenses, accommodation, Conference fee and Conference social event plus a certificate.

RCR logoRoyal College of Radiologists (RCR) Ross Awards

Endowed by Dr WM Ross, a past President of the College, these awards are presented to the clinical oncologists in training or recently appointed consultants adjudged to have presented the best proffered papers, posters or videos at a College meeting. The procedure for determining these awards was originally set by the Board of Faculty of Clinical Oncology.

The awards are currently given at the NCRI Cancer Conference. Two prizes are awarded annually: one for the best poster and one for the best proffered paper presentation.

Eligibility for the poster award: The first or second named author must be a clinical oncologist in training or a recently appointed (in first consultant post less than two years) clinical oncologist and a member in good standing of the Royal College of Radiologists.

Eligibility for the proffered paper award: The first named author and presenter must be a clinical oncologist in training or a recently appointed (in first consultant post less than two years) clinical oncologist and a member in good standing of the Royal College of Radiologists.

Selection of the winner: Entrants will be required to produce an e-poster for presentation at the Conference, as well as an oral presentation if selected for a proffered paper session. A panel of judges from the RCR will award prizes to the best poster and best oral presentation.

The prize: The winners of the awards will be presented with a cheque for £250.

The awards will be presented at the 2017 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in November in Liverpool.