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Research Prizes


The University’s third annual Research Prize competition is open for nominations. The Prizes recognise exceptional achievements in research and are open to all research active staff and doctoral students at Kent.  

This year, the scheme will be restructured slightly to align more closely to the categories offered by the touchstone of excellent research in Europe, the European Research Council (ERC).

Full details, and a nomination form, are given below. To discuss the scheme, contact Phil Ward.

Prizes Available

The following prizes will be offered annually:

  • Advanced Research Prize
  • Consolidator Research Prize
  • Starting Research Prize
  • Postgraduate Research Prize

Each Faculty will receive four prizes: one in each category. Each prize will be worth £500.

In addition, from the twelve winners, four will be selected to receive an additional accolade of University Prize in their category. They will receive an additional £500.

The financial prize will take the form of a transfer to the winner’s School budget, and can be used for travel and subsistence in relation to research, including conference fees, books, consumables, survey costs, or any cost that can be shown to relate to their research.


The Nominee

All academic staff are invited to nominate candidates for the prizes. Both individuals and groups are eligible, and can self-nominate or be nominated by other individuals, their group or their School.

  • Advanced Research Prize: Nominees must have 12 or more years of experience since completion of PhD, be leaders in their respective field(s) of research and must demonstrate significant achievement in the last 10 years.
  • Consolidator Research Prize: Nominees must have 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, and a track record showing research talent.
  • Starting Research Prize: Nominees must have less than 7 years of experience since completion of PhD, and a research track record that shows great promise. Both permanent academic staff, fellows and researchers may apply.
  • Postgraduate Research Prize: for doctoral students.

Nominees must be either a member of staff at the time the prize is awarded (24 March 2017), or a current or recent doctoral student (no more than a year from their viva at that date).

Evidence of Research Achievement

The nomination should be based on a range of exceptional achievements, which could include but not be limited to: publications in highly ranked journals, number of citations, grants awarded, influence beyond immediate peer group, and impact.

The Advanced Research Prize will be given to those who have demonstrated exceptional originality and significance over the past decade. The other prizes are for achievements in the last twelve months, although some flexibility in this will be allowed.

Nomination & Assessment Process

Nominations must use the Research Prize Nomination Form below, and must be received by Research Services by 5pm on 16 January 2017.

Following the deadline, the PVC Research & Innovation will convene a panel to select the winners of the prizes. This will consist of the following (or their nominees):

  • The Faculty Associate Deans (Research and Innovation)
  • The Dean of the Graduate School
  • The Director of Corporate Communicaitons
  • The Director of Research Services

The winners will be invited to a gala dinner and award ceremony to be held on 24 March 2017, hosted by the PVC Research and Innovation, and attended by representatives of funders, charities, the media, and the wider public.

Full call, including nomination form and list of previous winners, is avavailable below:

The nomination form can be downloaded in Word and rtf, below:

Research Services. Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury. CT2 7NZ

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Last Updated: 09/11/2016