2019 Awards and prizes

There are a range of prestigious awards and prizes on offer at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference. When submitting an abstract you’ll be able to select the award you’d like to apply for. Please make sure you check your eligibility before applying. Winners will be notified, and awards will be presented during the Conference.

Please note that late breaking abstract can only be considered for the awards and prizes marked with a * .

Download a copy of the prizes and awards here

  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 prize winners will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the Conference to be held at the Scottish Event Centre, Glasgow, 3rd-5th November 2019, 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 in the autumn (12th – 13th October in Manchester).

Deadline: 29 March 2019

For further details on the application process and to apply, 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 (alison.norton@icr.ac.uk ) about membership.

  AstraZeneca Young Scientist 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).

Deadline: 9 June 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract (Applications will open on 1 April – 9 June 2019)

British Association of Cancer Research (BACR)/AstraZeneca Frank Rose Award

This award recognises and rewards the achievements of an individual whose work has made significant contributions to translational (laboratory – clinic) cancer research.

Eligibility: Up to 15 years post PhD, allowing for career breaks. He/she must be a BACR member (membership application may accompany the Award application).

Selection of the winner: A panel of judges from the BACR will review all accepted abstracts submitted by eligible entrants and will select the winner of the prize from these abstracts.

The prize: A prize of £1,000 and presentation of an oral paper at the Annual NCRI Cancer Conference with all conference expenses paid.

Deadline:
30 April 2019

To apply please visit: https://www.bacr.org.uk/awards/

British Association of Cancer Research (BACR)/Astex Roger Griffin Prize for Cancer Drug Discovery

The British Association for Cancer Research is proud to announce the annual Roger Griffin Prize for Cancer Drug Discovery, generously supported by Astex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, UK.

Eligibility: Applicants for the award must be a PhD student or Post-doctoral Fellow (up to 8 years maximum post PhD, allowing for career breaks) at the time of application and must submit a full CV, PDF of the publication and a letter of support from their supervisor. The publication can be focused on any aspect of cancer drug discovery related to chemistry, biology or both and must be available electronically online no sooner than January 1st and no later than December 31st of the previous year. The applicant must be first or last author. Shared first authorship is permissible. Applicants must either be a BACR member or become a member at the time of application. They must also be undertaking research in the UK or Republic of Ireland, but do not need to be a national of that country.

Please email all relevant documentation to Janet Alexander (BACR Secretariat) at: bacr@leeds.ac.uk with  BACR Roger Griffin Prize in the subject line of the email.

Selection of the winner: A panel of judges from the BACR will review all accepted applications submitted by eligible entrants and will select the winner of the prize from these.

The prize: The Roger Griffin Prize for Cancer Drug Discovery is an annual prize of £1000 awarded to the PhD student or Post-doctoral Fellow who publishes the best paper on cancer drug discovery as judged by the BACR Executive Committee. The winner will also have the opportunity to present an oral paper at the annual NCRI Cancer Conference that year with all conference expenses paid.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

To apply please visit: https://www.bacr.org.uk/awards/

British Association of Cancer Research (BACR) Chris Marshall Prize for Cell Signalling

This prize recognises and rewards the achievements of a young scientist in the field of Cell Signalling.

Eligibility: PhD Students and Post-docs up to 7 years post PhD, allowing for career breaks. He/she must be a BACR member (membership application may accompany the Award application).

Selection of the winner: A panel of judges from the BACR will review all accepted applications submitted by eligible entrants and will select the winner of the prize from these.

The prize: A prize of £1,000 and the winner will also have the opportunity to present an oral paper at the annual NCRI Cancer Conference that year with all conference expenses paid.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

To apply please visit: https://www.bacr.org.uk/awards/

   British 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. Applicants must either be a BACR member or become a member at the time of application.

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 physical 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 stand at the 2019 NCRI Conference (date and time tbc).

Deadline: 9 June 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 9 June 2019)

  *Children’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 Research Advisory Group 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 session at the Conference.

Deadline: 1 September 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 1 September 2019)

  *National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Bursary Prize

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.

Deadline: 1 September 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 1 September 2019)

  *National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Future of Research Bursaries

Junior researchers and trainees who are formally involved in an NCRI group and submit a high-quality abstract for presentation at the Conference can be considered for these bursaries.

Eligibility: Open to all junior researcher and trainees who are members of an NCRI Group (e.g. NCRI Lung Group, CMPath) at the time of submission.

Selection of the winner: A judging panel will review the entries and award up to 30 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.

Deadline: 1 September 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 1 September 2019)

  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.

Deadline: 9 June 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 9 June 2019)

  Royal 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, poster 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. One prize is awarded annually for the best poster 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.

Selection of the winner: Entrants for the poster award will be required to produce an e-poster for presentation at the Conference, a panel of judges from the RCR will then award the prize to the best poster at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference.

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

Deadline: 9 June 2019

To apply please select this prize when you submit an abstract. (Applications will open on 1 April – 9 June 2019)