Research Awards

Celebrating excellence in primary care research is an important part of the Research Programme at the RCGP. These awards celebrate research and help to promote them to GPs and the wider primary healthcare community.

Research Paper of the Year Award 

The call for nominating papers is now open. This award is not restricted to members of the RCGP. Deadline for submitting papers: 18 February 2018, 17:00.

Since 1996, the annual Research Paper of the Year Award has given recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of high quality research relating to general practice or primary care. Authors of the award-winning paper are invited to present at the RCGP Annual Conference.

The overall winner will be selected from category winning research papers. Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Cancer
  • Category 2: CVD, Renal, Respiratory, Oral, ENT & Ophthalmology
  • Category 3: Children, Reproduction, Genetics, Infections
  • Category 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia
  • Category 5: Health Service Delivery and Public Health (includes generic primary care topics)
  • Category 6: Endocrinology (incl. Diabetes), Gastroenterology, Musculoskeletal and Trauma, and Dermatology 

More information about this award, eligibility and inclusions within categories can be found in the documents below:

For further information, email or phone 020 3188 7594.

Research Paper of the Year 2016 Overall Winner:
Wiles NJ, Thomas L, Turner N, Garfield K, Kounali D, Campbell J, et al. Long-term effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for treatment-resistant depression in primary care: follow-up of the CoBalT randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2016;3(2):137-44. 

A summary of last year’s category winners can be seen in the British Journal of General Practice

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher

Call for applications is now closed.

The annual Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher, presented jointly by the RCGP and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) recognises the contributions of earlier career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care through research. Academic primary care is a distinct discipline, which drives constant improvement in primary care through education and research. The £1,000 award is intended to enable the successful candidate to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries, and to attend and present work at an international research meeting.

Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice and this award was instituted to commemorate her contribution to primary care research. 

For further information, please contact the Research team at or phone 020 3188 7594. 

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