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 

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. This award is not restricted to members of the RCGP.

The call for nominating papers is now closed

The overall winner will be selected from category winning research papers.

Entries are submitted under one of the following categories.  

  • Medical Education – related to primary care
  • Health Service Research – including Public Health and Implementation
  • Clinical Research 

For further information, email or phone 020 3188 7594.


The winners of Research Paper of the Year 2018 - awarded in 2019. More information in the BJGP article

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher 2019

The £1,000 award recognises the contributions of early career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care. It is intended to enable the successful candidate to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries.

Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice. To commemorate her contribution to primary care research the Royal College of General Practitioners, through its Scientific Foundation Board, and the Society for Academic Primary Care have jointly instituted the Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

Application process: 
We accept one application per department/centre/group.  Please liaise with your Head of Department about your application before submitting it.

Please apply by submitting the following information by email only to

  • Your CV
  • A letter outlining your current research, including how your work to date demonstrates your contribution to advancing the discipline of academic primary care (whether education or research) through the research process. Your application should include an imaginative proposal for the use of the award funds (including anticipated benefits and outputs). Please see purpose of the award above.
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department outlining your contribution to the discipline of academic primary care, including confirmation that your academic post would continue for the duration of the 12 months award. 

Applications will be judged by a panel consisting of primary care academics from the RCGP and SAPC. The awards will be restricted to applicants whose background the Award Panel considers to be genuinely grounded in primary care. The panel will assess applications for evidence of the  candidate’s current and potential contributions to advancing primary care through research, including: personal research leadership, wider promotion of academic primary care, publications, other markers of distinction, as well as the clarity of the proposal for use of the award funds. Particular emphasis will be given to research which demonstrates an understanding of, and contribution to, the primary care vision.  

The decision of the Panel is final and not open to appeal. The successful candidate will be required to submit a report detailing how they used the award and the outcomes from it and support PR activity relating to the award.

For further information, please contact the Research team at the Scientific Foundation Board by email or phone 020 3188 7594.

Deadline: Friday, 31 January 2020 - 5:00pm

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

Clinical Research Awards 2019 

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 are 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.

As part of the application process the applicants will have to set out what activities they plan to carry out in the future to improve research delivery.


The 2019 winners:

  • First5® award – Dr Elizabeth Morris, Church Street Practice, Oxfordshire
  • Practice award – Wansford & Kingscliffe Practice, Cambridgeshire 

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