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 open

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

Application process
Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories.  

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

Eligibility criteria and more information about this award can be found in the document below.

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2018 [PDF]

All papers must be entered using our web-based form 

Deadline for submitting papers: 17 February 2019

For further information, email or phone 020 3188 7594.

Research Paper of the Year 2018 Winners

The winners of Research Paper of the Year 2017 - awarded in 2018: a summary of their papers can be seen on British Journal of General Practice

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher 2019

Call for applications now open

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.

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. While presentation at an international research meeting may be part of that, there must be evidence of plans for additional collaborative activity. The award is not intended purely as a travel grant for conference attendance without presenting, nor can it be used to fund a research project.

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. 

Eligibility criteria
The award is open to early career researchers in primary care. Applicants should have no more than 5 years (FTE) experience in academic primary care that includes research, education and/or other scholarship activity. They should hold a formal or honorary appointment with a primary care department, centre or group in a UK/Ireland University, have published original research in peer-reviewed journals –at least one as a lead author – and be actively engaged in high quality research which is genuinely grounded in primary care.

Deadline: Thursday 31 January 2019, 17:00

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

Clinical Research Awards 2018 

These awards, run in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for members of the College, recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

The 2018 winners are:

  • First5® award – Dr Rachel Spencer, Park Leys Medical Practice, Coventry
  • Practice award – Claremont Medical Practice, Exmouth

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.

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

The awards were presented by RCGP Honorary Treasurer Dr Steve Mowle, during the RCGP Annual Conference on 06 October 2018 in Glasgow.

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