IPEM Prizes and Awards recognise leading contributions of individual IPEM members to the advancement of their profession, in the application of physics and engineering to medicine and biology. There are prizes and awards across a range of sectors including academic, healthcare and innovation, and for members in different stages of their career. There are also prizes and awards for public engagement, best paper and best presentation prizes in association with our journals and with the annual conference. There are also travel awards available.
Applications are accepted at any time for the Travel awards for attendance at meetings and conferences (formerly bursary awards).
IPEM has a commitment to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all members meeting the criteria as outlined in the regulations for each prize.
If you have any queries concerning IPEM's prizes and awards please contact Marie Goodall. Please click on the bold title links below for the application forms and guidance notes where appropriate.
IPEM's Gold Medals are awarded annually and are awarded for established professionals who have made outstanding contributions in the area of physics and engineering applied to medicine and biology. In each case the prize is a medal, £500 and a certificate.
Nomination/application process: to apply for a Medal, or to nominate another IPEM member, please complete the application form by clicking on the above links. The application form includes guidance and further information.
Nominations are welcome from all sectors within IPEM including NHS, private healthcare, industry and academia. The closing date for the 2021 awards is 30 April 2021.
President's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service
The President's Gold Medal is awarded to members of the Institute for exceptional service to IPEM. Recipients are chosen by the President in consultation with the Prizes and Awards Committee. Past Presidents are excluded as they will have already received an IPEM gold medal on leaving office.
IPEM's early career prizes are awarded annually. These are awarded to members in the first 12 years of their career (eg. from first degree graduation) who have made significant contributions in the areas of physics and engineering applied to medicine and biology. In each case the prize is £300 and a certificate.
Nomination/application process: To apply or make a nomination, please complete the application form by clicking on the above links. The application form includes guidance and further information. The closing date for the 2021 awards is 30 April 2021.
Nominations are welcome from all sectors within IPEM including NHS, private healthcare, industry and academia.
Student and Trainee Grants and Prizes
IPEM offers a number of prizes and awards relevant to IPEM members who are postgraduate students, healthcare trainees or trainees working in industry.
IPEM offers a number of travel awards which are open to members.
IPEM offers grants of up to £10,000 for the purchase of equipment or services to facilitate short term innovation and research projects. A wide interpretation is permitted in the definition of 'innovation'. This can be in an area relevant to physics and engineering applied to medicine and biology including healthcare practice, medical device design, research and teaching. The grants are open to Full Members and Fellows. Closing date for applications is 21st September 2021. Application Form and guidance notes
LMIC Sponsorship Award
In recognition of the challenges faced by some medical physicists and clinical engineers internationally to access professional activities in their local areas, IPEM has introduced a new Sponsorship Award. Through this award, IPEM seeks to support future leaders in the field of physics and engineering in medicine from low and middle income countries (LMIC)* to develop themselves and establish professional activities in their local areas. The award provides Associate Membership for two years, mentorship from an experienced IPEM professional, a certificate of recognition and eligibility to apply for funding from the IPEM LMIC Support Grant. This grant provides funding of up to £150 per year of sponsored membership. *as defined by the OECD at time of application
For further details about the award and how to apply, please click here.
IPEM and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) Essay Prize
IPEM and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) are pleased to announce the launch of a new essay prize. This prize is open to members of both organisations who are in the early stages of their career (typically within 10-15 years of graduation or of commencing their relevant employment).
The essay should be a maximum 1000 words and should be understood by members of the general public. The title of essay is Innovation and Communication: Scientific Instrumentation Improving Patient Outcomes A guide to essay writing is on the WCSIM website www.wcsim.co.uk/education/project-mentoring . IPEM and WCSIM will each nominate a judge.
A prize of £500 and an IPEM Gold Medal will be presented to the winner at one of the WCSIM’s social events (the October banquet) by our President and the Master of WCSIM.
The winning essay will be published in SCOPE and announced in the WCSIM’s regular news bulletin and placed on both institutions’ websites
WCSIM is one of the modern livery companies of the City of London and a charity which promotes the craft of scientific instrument making and the exchange of ideas and information by members and guests through meetings, visits, lectures and social events. WCSIM provides opportunities for members to encourage and support younger members and engage with schools at careers’ fairs and support STEM days. The Livery encourages young people to participate in scientific instrumentation through grants, prizes, scholarships and apprenticeships. The Livery has relationships with a number of universities as well as the armed forces and the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme.
A link between IPEM and WCSIM meets the charitable objectives of both organisations and could be mutually beneficial.
The closing date for receipt of Essay for the 2020 award is Wednesday 16th September 2021
IPEM PhD in work bursary
IPEM will provide funds to help support a student who wishes to undertake a PhD part time at a United Kingdom university or appropriate research institute in an IPEM related field of interest. The funding is intended to cover the fees only, up to £5,000 per year for a maximum of 5 years of support for each individual. No research costs or living expenses are included.
The scheme is initially planned to run for 3 three years with a single award being made each year.
For more details, please see the application form here.
Spiers' Prize for Outreach Application Form and guidance notes Closing date for applications/nominations 30 April 2021.
Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award Application form and guidance Closing date for applications/nominations 30 April 2021.
Keith Boddy Award for the best article in SCOPE (Awarded by the SCOPE Editorial Board)
Medical Physics and Engineering Conference (MPEC) Awards for best oral presentation (President's Prize), best oral presentation by a trainee and best poster.
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