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Outreach and Engagement Awards

How to apply

The 2022 award will open for nominations in March 2022.

Candidates can enter by being nominated either by themselves or a colleague. 

There are two categories of Award:

New Researcher

This category is open to bioscience researchers currently reading for a Masters/PhD or in the first year of a post-doctoral position.

Leadership in Outreach and Engagement 

This category is open to bioscience researchers who are beyond the first stages of their research career, as defined in the New Researcher category.

Colleagues can also suggest a candidate for the award by completing a short online form. 

About the award

The Outreach and Engagement Award is intended to acknowledge and reward outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse and engage the public with their research.

Find out more about previous winners.


New Researcher - £750

Leadership in Outreach and Engagement - £1500

The winners of both categories will be invited to present their outreach and engagement work at an online event as part of Biology Week.


  • The Award is only open to researchers studying or working in any sector of UK biosciences, from universities, institutes or industry.
  • Researchers who are paid for their outreach and engagement work are eligible to apply.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications per year from an individual university, institute or other organisation.
  • Work which has taken place in the last 24 months is eligible.
  • Previous RSB Outreach and Engagement Award (formerly Science Communication Award) winners are not eligible to enter again, in the same category.
  • Professional science communicators, outreach officers, public engagement staff and anyone working in outreach and engagement at 0.5 FTE or higher are not eligible for the Award.


Email Raghav Selvam if you have any queries regarding this award.


Dr Steve Cross (Chair), Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Bright Club, Science Showoff
Dr Aimee Eckert, Breast Cancer Now
Dr Liz Granger, University of Central Lancashire
Shomari Lewis-Wilson, Wellcome Trust