The RCGP is pleased to offer you the opportunity to apply for several awards. These awards have all been instituted to celebrate research, innovation and audit and to promote these to GPs and the wider primary healthcare community.

RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award

The Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.

This award will be presented at the RCGP Annual Conference in October 2014. The overall winner will be selected from category winning research papers.


Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories, which are aligned to the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) research delivery divisions.

The RCGP RPY prize in CRN:

Division 1: Cancer

Division 2: Cardiovascular, Endocrine and Renal

Division 3: Reproduction, Children, Genetics and Haematology

Division 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia

Division 5: Primary Care, Public Health, Service Delivery and Musculoskeletal

Division 6: Urgent Care, Infections, Respiratory and Gastroenterology

More information about this award and inclusions within categories can be found in the document below.

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2013 (awarded in 2014) [PDF]


All submissions must:

  • be published between 1st Jan and 31st Dec 2013
  • relate to a research project which has been undertaken within the United Kingdom (UK) and/or the Republic of Ireland (ROI)
  • be directly applicable to general practice and/or primary care
  • have at least one practicing GP author at the time the study was undertaken

This award is not restricted to members of the RCGP.

The call for applications is now closed.


For further information
Telephone: 020 3188 7594

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher

The call for applications is now closed.

The annual Yvonne Carter Award, presented jointly by the RCGP and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) aims to support the career developments of a promising new researcher in primary care. It supports the award winner by providing the opportunity to develop international networks and partnerships.

This is with the purpose of facilitating the establishment of an international research profile, providing unique opportunities for career advancement.

The award was established in memory of Professor Yvonne Carter CBE. It encourages collaborative primary care research on an international level through providing the winner with the opportunity to attend and present work at an international conference.

For further information, please contact the CIRC team at

Yvonne Carter Award application details [PDF] 

Kuenssberg Award

This award was established in honour of Dr Ekkehard Kuenssberg and is awarded for high quality full cycle audit projects which demonstrate a change in clinical practice or service improvement as a direct result of the audit.

Five awards are given each year. Each award winner is encouraged to present their audit findings at conferences, including the RCGP conference; to work with CIRC or shadow the CIRC Chair, Head or Medical Director when they attend academic meetings or organisations that have a particular interest in audit; receive £1,000.00 covering related travel costs and conference fees.

Applications are welcomed from Associates in Training (AiT) or RCGP members within their first five years of general practice.

Conditions of entry [PDF]

Audit projects in RCGP’s clinical priority areas are of particular interest.

Clinical Priorities [PDF]

How to apply

AiTs and GPs can nominate themselves or be nominated. Please complete the registration form and submit this via email with the 3000 word report to

Applications for the 2013 award are now closed. Details of the 2014 Kuenssberg Award will be advertised in due course. 

Adolescent Health Care Award

The call for applications is now closed, details about next year's award will be available shortly.

This award was established in memory of Dr Kathy Phipps to encourage general practice to provide higher standards of care for their teenage patients, in keeping with the objectives of RCGP and the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.

An award of £2,500 and a commemorative plaque is given to the individual GP or practice which has demonstrated a significant innovation or improvement in the standard of care provided for young people in the previous two years. The award will be presented at the RCGP's Annual General Meeting

Applications should be sent as a Word document of no more than six sides of A4 (12 font), information that cannot be sent electronically (e.g. patient leaflets) should be sent by post with five copies. One page of the application should consist of a summary of the project, this will be assessed by a teenage lay adjudicator, please use language in this section that is appropriate for this age group.

Completed applications should be sent to our Awards Administrator.

Adolescent Health Group

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