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Rosalind Franklin, who discovered the first clear experimental evidence for the helical structure of DNA

Internal News - 09 January 2006

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2006

The deadline of Friday 13 January 2006 for nominations for the Rosalind Franklin Award is fast approaching and the Society encourages nominations.

The Award, consisting of a medal and £30,000, is made annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution to any area of natural science, engineering or technology (SET). The funding for this Award is donated by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Nominations consist of a statement from the nominator outlining the candidate’s scientific record and suitability for the Award, and a proposal by the nominee for spending a proportion of the award fund on activities they will undertake to promote women in SET in their host institution and/or field of expertise.

Nominees should have developed, alone or with others, an area of science, engineering or technology with which they are identified. Their research record should be of the type that would be suitable for the content of a keynote address at a major international conference in the relevant field.

There are no restrictions on the age of nominees, but nominees should be mid-career, ideally between five and twenty five years after the start of their PhD. Nominees who have taken a career break will be considered. They should be actively involved in research at a University, other research institution in the public or private sector, or in industry.

Nominations are sought as broadly as possible both across the scientific disciplines and across the country.

For full details of this Award and an on-line nomination form, see Related Links section.


The Royal Society medals and prize lectureships are a chance to recognise and celebrate outstanding scientific achievement.