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.

Clinical Research Awards 2018

The call for applications is now closed

Offered by RCGP Scientific Foundation Board and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, these awards are open to RCGP members and recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

Applicants were required to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • the range and number of patients in NIHR Clinical Research Network studies;
  • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research;
  • the contribution made to the delivery of studies;
  • innovative methods of study delivery. 

The awards will be presented during the RCGP Annual Conference on 6 October 2018 in Glasgow.

Research Paper of the Year Award 

The call for nominating papers is now closed.

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   

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 

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.

Winner for 2018 is Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, a GP Registrar and Patient Safety researcher at Cardiff University.

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

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