Prizes and Awards
The Sir Michael Uren Prize: celebrating excellence with the College’s most prestigious student prize.
The prestigious Prize will be awarded annually and honour an outstanding postgraduate student whose research demonstrates real-world impact. This initiative aims to nurture exceptional research talent, acknowledge achievements, and commemorate Sir Michael’s enduring ties with the College. Presented at a College-wide level, the Prize will spotlight the transformative potential of work, prioritising societal impact over and across any specific disciplinary boundaries.
Traditionally, departmental prizes at Imperial have recognised academic excellence, with numerous such accolades existing. These are an important recognition of academic excellence and typically honour individuals whose work stands out—for instance, achieving the highest exam score in their year or presenting the finest doctoral thesis in their field. While a few College-wide awards, like the Outstanding Student Achievement Award, exist, these primarily spotlight external activities and do not include a financial benefit for recipients. The Sir Michael Uren Prize is different, a perpetual College-wide award that celebrates both academic prowess and societal impact, providing a substantial financial award that can genuinely transform the recipient’s life and research.
One of the core objectives of the Prize is to cultivate academic and impact potential. The financial award will allow the recipients the liberty to pursue their research interests and career aspirations, whether by extending their tenure at Imperial, innovating a prototype, engaging in a study period at another institution, or in some other way. For 23/24 we are awarding one prize of £20,000.
Application Process: Each Department is encouraged to nominate one exceptional student using the The Sir Michael Uren Prize application form, limited to a maximum of 3 pages (Arial size 11 font). The HoD or a delegate must approve and submit nominations, with nominated individuals confirming their consultation on the nomination. Given the nomination limit on Departments, some may have a specific selection process in place, and it's recommended to verify this with the HoD. Applications should be sent to email@example.com.
Submission deadline: 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2024
Questions: If you have a question about the application process/application form, please contact your HoD or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imperial has been invited to participate in the prizes and awards listed below. Please note that we are only able to submit nominations on behalf of those currently affiliated with Imperial.
If you are interested in nominating someone or being nominated, please send all required submission materials to Lara Breckon (email@example.com) by the VPRE Office deadline (listed below).
If required, please follow the guidance for Letters of Support.
Information on Prizes and Awards
2024 Princess of Asturias Awards
Call for nominations:
- The Princess of Asturias Foundation is a non-profit private institution whose essential aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and to consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.
- His Majesty King Felipe VI was Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980 until his proclamation as King of Spain on 19th June 2014, following which Her Royal Highness Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, became the Honorary President of this institution which annually convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards.
- Aimed at rewarding the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions, these awards are granted in eight categories: the Arts, Communication and Humanities, Concord, International Cooperation, Literature, Social Sciences, Sports and Technical and Scientific Research.
- The Awards are presented at a solemn ceremony held each year at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo.
- The Princess of Asturias Foundation issues a public call for nominations for the 2024 Princess of Asturias Awards, which shall be governed by the following Regulations approved by its Board of Trustees.
- Further information on the 2024 regulations are available on their website.
Imperial College London is receiving nominations for:
- Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research: aimed at recognizing the work of fostering and advancing research, discovery and/or invention in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, chemistry, earth and space sciences, life sciences, mathematics, medical sciences, physics or technological sciences including those disciplines corresponding to each of these fields as well as their related technologies
Nominations may be submitted by:
- Laureates from previous years;
- members of the eight Juries, duly convened each year, provided they do not present nominations for the award in the category corresponding to the Jury of which they are a member;
- Spanish embassies;
- diplomatic representations in Spain;
- renowned public figures and institutions;
- other public figures and institutions invited to do so by the Princess of Asturias Foundation.
The following candidatures shall not be accepted in any case whatsoever:
- posthumous nominations;
- heads of state and/or heads of governments, or those who hold office as head of state or government, whether Spanish or foreign;
- high-ranking institutions of the Spanish State, their members or senior officials of the Spanish Government;
- Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation at the time of the nomination, or those who have been Trustees within three years immediately prior to the nomination;
- Jury members or those who have been a member of any Princess of Asturias Award Jury within three years immediately prior to the nomination;
- individuals, organizations or institutions who apply for the award on their own behalf or on behalf of the organizations they represent.
- In each and every case, the decision as to whether nominations comply or not with the requirements established in these Regulations, and hence the suitability of the candidatures, ultimately lies with the Princess of Asturias Foundation. Said decision is not open to appeal.
- Details of the candidature (name(s), address(es), city(ies), country(ies), nationality(ies), telephone(s), e-mail(s))
- Candidature proposed by (name, position, institution, address, city, country(ies), telephone, e-mail)
- Merits that demonstrate the international standing of this candidature (2000 characters)
- List of documents accompanying the nomination (CV, expressions of support for the candidature, other documents)
Each Princess of Asturias Award is endowed with:
- a Joan Miró sculpture, symbolizing the Princess of Asturias Awards;
- a diploma of accreditation;
- an insignia;
- €50.000, amount to be equally divided among the Laureates when the award is shared.
Submission deadline: Tuesday 7th February 2024
2024 Balzan Prizes
Imperial has been invited to submit nominations to the following 2024 Balzan Prizes:
- Biological Mechanisms of Ageing
- Nanoporous materials for environmental applications
Call for nominations:
- Each of the 2024 Balzan Prizes is worth 750,000 Swiss francs.
- Half the Prize sum will be awarded to the Prize-winner in recognition of his/her work, while the other half will later be earmarked by the Prize-winner for research projects involving young researchers or research groups.
- The research proposal will be subject to the approval of the General Prize Committee.
In order to be valid, the nominations must be supported by the following documents:
- a statement of reasons (1‐2 pages) for the nomination (in English, German, French or Italian), including mention of particularly important publications;
- a list of 10 to 20 of their most important publications (with full bibliographical citation) for candidates in the sciences;
- a curriculum vitae specifying present position, main academic activities, date and place of birth, nationality, residence and address; -
- a recent photograph (high resolution, jpg) with indication of copyright if applicable
- Prizes may be awarded to individuals or to working teams who have produced results jointly. It is to be noted that more than one candidate may be nominated for each prize subject. Furthermore, they do not necessarily have to be part of the institution of the individual making the nomination, nor of the same nationality.
- Self‐applications will not be considered.
For further information and to see the list of previous Balzan Prizewinners visit the Balzan website.
Submission deadline: Thursday 15th February 2024
2025 King Faisal Prize
Nominations are open for the following King Faisal Prizes for the Year 2025:
- King Faisal Prize in Science in the field of “Physics”
- King Faisal Prize in Medicine on the topic of “Cellular Therapy”
- Nomination are accepted from universities, scientific institutions, and research centers.
- Nominations are not accepted from individuals or political parties.
- Nominated works must be published, likely to benefit mankind and enrich human knowledge.
- Nominations are not accepted posthumously.
- Dissertations are not accepted.
- Laureates of King Faisal Prize shall not be awarded the prize again.
- More than one candidate may be nominated, irrespective of their affiliation with the nominating institution.
Requirements from the nominating body:
- Official letter of nomination from each separate nominee, adequately justifying the nomination and outlining the nominee’s achievements in the field of the prize.
- A list of nominated works.
- A general information form to be filled by the nominee; this form can be duplicated if more than one candidate is nominated.
Requirements from each nominee:
- A detailed CV with a list of the nominee’s publications.
- A letter of commitment to present two lectures in his/her field of specialisation at academic institutions in the event s/he is awarded the prize.
- A copy of each nominated paper; the total number of nominated papers should not exceed ten (10).
- A copy of each nominated book and/or chapter. The total number of nominated books and/or book chapters should not exceed five (5). The book’s title cover should be appended with each nominated book chapter.
- A recent color-photo of the nominee with high resolution.
- A certificate written in Arabic calligraphy featuring the laureate’s name with a brief description of the work for which s/he is awarded the Prize.
- A commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medallion.
- A sum of 750,000 (USD 200,000).
Submission deadline: Thursday 29th February 2024
2024 VinFuture Prize
- The VinFuture Prize, a global science and technology prize originating from Vietnam, is set up to honour breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations that create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of people.
- Any research or technological innovation is eligible to be nominated for the Prize if it addresses everyday issues of people, by being aligned with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Prizes are available in the following four categories: (1) Grand Prize, (2) Female Innovators – Special Prize, (3) Developing Country Innovators – Special Prize, (4) Emerging Fields Innovators – Special Prize
- The Grand Prize, US$ 3 million, is awarded annually for breakthrough research and technological inventions that positively improve the quality of human life, and create a more equitable and sustainable world.
- Three additional Special Prizes of US$ 500,000 each are also be awarded annually to:
- Innovators from Developing Countries
- Female Innovators
- Innovators with Outstanding Achievements in Emerging Fields
A nomination has seven (7) sections:
- Prize and Nomination
- Nominee’s Information (the Candidate)
- Nominator’s Information
- Information about the Invention of the Nominee(s) that is worthy of the Prize
- Nominator's evaluation of the Nominee’s Invention
- Endorsement letters of the Nominee’s Invention (More substantive endorsement letters are encouraged)
- You can download the Instructions for Nomination submission, in Word file format, for details on what to include in each section for the submission.
- You can also find the Endorsement letter templateto prepare substantive endorsement letters in your letter head format
- For groups of nominees, it is recommended to prepare the additional form including the authorship of nominee(s) and evidence such as intellectual property forms include patents, registered trademarks and registered design rights, the most related clinical trials’ results/publications, etc.
Submission deadline: Monday 18th March 2024
We are also aware of the following open calls for nominations (there is no internal process for these awards) :