Research Prizes

The Lister Institute’s competitive research prizes give young scientists the opportunity to develop their potential through flexible funding over a five-year period.

About our Research Prizes

The awards are aimed at researchers in the early years of running their own groups, for whom receipt of the prize would make a significant difference to their research work.

The Institute’s approach to funding continues to be unique in that it accepts applications from tenured and non-tenured researchers, clinicians and non-clinicians, and has no priority diseases or restrictions on the research area supported.

This approach ensures that research prize holders are given the freedom to develop their research careers individually, while also fostering a sense of identity within their community.

How do the awards work?

The Lister Institute’s research prizes are awarded as lump sums of £200,000 which must be spent within a five-year period.

The money must be used in support of the applicants’ research but can be used for equipment, travel, consumables or the salaries of post-doctoral workers, technicians or PhD students etc. Personal salary provision or augmentation is not allowed, but the funds can be used for a replacement lecturers’ salary.

There are up to five competitive awards per year which are made after a written application process and subsequent interview with members of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

The Institute currently receives around 100 applications for the five prizes. From these, approximately 20 candidates are long-listed and up to 10 are then interviewed.

All publications must state that the research worker is a Lister Institute Research Prize holder or Lister Prize Fellow.

Who can apply?

  • The awards are open to any researcher who fulfils the eligibility criteria and who is working in a not-for-profit institution in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • Applicants may be scientifically or medically trained and will have their personal salary provided from either their host institution or another source.
  • Research may be in any area of biomedical science, but most of the research must be conducted in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Some work carried out overseas is acceptable, and awards are transferable between institutions.

How are prizes awarded?

The winners are selected according to several criteria including:

  • the originality and quality of the proposed research,
  • past achievements and the context of their own circumstances, and
  • the impact that the prize would have on their career, taking account of their research environment and other funding.

For more information on the prizes and application process, please view the page how to apply.