Annual Prizes and Awards

BAP Psychopharmacology Awards

The BAP Psychopharmacology Awards are awarded annually to reward excellence in both clinical and non-clinical psychopharmacology. Previous winners have gone on to become internationally-recognised experts in their field. Applications are reviewed by a panel of BAP Officers/Council Members, and the Awards (Certificate and £750) are awarded at the conference dinner at the annual Summer Meeting.

One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 6 years post-doc
One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 12 years post-doc

One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 10 years after medical graduation
One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 20 years after medical graduation

The Awards are open to current Members of the BAP. Self-nominated applications should be submitted online to the BAP as follows:

1. Complete the online form

2. Attach a curriculum vitae

3. Attach three key published papers that have undergone peer review

A condition of each Award is that the successful candidates will provide an abstract and make a short oral presentation at the Summer Meeting.

1. Clinical pharmacologists are defined as those who hold a medical degree (e.g. MBChB), and non-clinical psychopharmacologists as those without a medical degree. The separation refers to the primary degree of the applicants and not to the nature of their research

2. The different time frame for the two categories of researchers has been adopted on the basis that most clinical psychopharmacologists will spend several years in clinical training after medical graduation before they are eligible to enter a research post whereas non-clinical psychopharmacologists can enter a research post immediately after receiving a doctorate. In addition most clinical psychopharmacologists work part-time in research and part-time in clinical practice whereas non-clinical psychopharmacologists are more likely to hold full time research posts.

3. BAP reserves the option of not awarding prizes should a sufficient standard not be met.

4. The prizes are only open to current Members of the BAP.

The Honorary General Secretary will consider likely conflicts of interest and then delegate to a number of BAP Council Members who will review nominations for the various awards. Where a BAP Council Member is requested to review a prize in which a conflict of interest arises for them (e.g. a former PhD student has been nominated) they will excuse themselves from the process and another Council Member will be asked to replace them.

Whilst Council members are not prohibited from applying for prizes, the Honorary General Secretary additionally seeks the endorsement of one of the Presidents (current, immediate past or elect), according to their expertise, and who does not have a direct conflict of interest, before any such prize is awarded to a Council Member.


Feedback from previous winners:

The BAP means a great deal to me and I am delighted to have had my research on the computational pharmacology of autism recognised by the society with a 2018 Psychopharmacology Award prize.” (Rebecca Lawson, 2018)

I am honoured to receive this award from the BAP, and extremely grateful to be part of an organisation that does so much to support junior scientists." (Robert McCutcheon, 2018)

I am also passionately committed to training the next generation of psychopharmacology researchers, with several of my lab members receiving prizes for research excellence from BAP.” (Anthony Vernon, 2017)

The BAP Summer Meeting has always been one of the highlights of the scientific year for me, and so I was absolutely delighted to be awarded a BAP Senior Clinical Psychopharmacology Award.” (James Stone)

I was honoured to receive the senior clinical psychopharmacology prize at the 2016 BAP meeting in Brighton. The BAP has been instrumental in the development of my research career—I have met many of the researchers I collaborate with at the BAP annual meeting and have presented all of my findings here. The support and (generally constructive) criticism I have received for my work has been critical in establishing my career in academia.” (Michael Browning, 2016)

It is a great honour to have won this award and I am extremely grateful to the BAP. Receiving the 2016 BAP psychopharmacology award is definitely an exceptional milestone in my academic career.” (Jane Pei-Chen Chang, 2016)

I am honoured to have won a Psychopharmacology Award. I have always particularly valued the educational activities offered by the BAP as well as the consistently exciting programmes of the summer meetings. The BAP summer meetings have also opened my way to a fantastic network of scientists which have fostered over the years not only important scientific collaborations, but also precious friendships.” (Valeria Mondelli, 2015)

It is hugely heartening to have won this award and I am extremely grateful to the BAP. Personally, it feels symbolic, as it represents an acknowledgement of my research by an important institution within the scientific mainstream.” (Robin Carhart-Harris, 2015)

The closing date is: 29th March 2019

2018 winner(s)

2018 Winners: Rebecca Lawson, Phil Corlett and Robert McCutcheon
2018 Winners: Rebecca Lawson, Phil Corlett and Robert McCutcheon

Previous Winner(s)

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