Prizes and Awards from IPEM 

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.

Gold Medals

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 process: To make a nomination of an IPEM member please complete the application form by clicking on the above links.  The application form includes guidance and further information.  Applications for the 2018 awards are now invited and the closing date for receipt of applications is the 30th April 2018.

Nominations are welcome from all sectors within IPEM including NHS, private healthcare, industry and academia.

Early Career Prizes 

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 process: To make a nomination please complete the application form by clicking on the above links.  The application form includes guidance and further information.  Applications for the 2018 awards are now invited and the closing date for receipt of applications is the 30th April 2018.

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.

  • Student and Trainee Travel Grants Awards are made on an ongoing basis throughout the year for attendance at a conference or course relevant to medical physics, medical engineering or bio-engineering.  This award is open to postgraduate students, healthcare and industrial trainees.  Up to £300 may be requested with the expectation of matching funding from the applicant's department.   There is no deadline for receipt of applications.
  • Best student project on each IPEM accredited MSc Awarded annually for the best project on each IPEM-accredited MSc   There is a £250 prize for each winner and a certificate.  Course leaders are approached directly by the IPEM National Office.
  • Trainee Prize (IPEM Annual Conference MPEC) Awarded annually for the best oral presentation at the IPEM annual conference by an IPEM member in NHS Training.  There are three prizes (£300, £200, £100).

Travel Grants

IPEM offers a number of travel awards which are open to members.

  • International Centre Travel Grants (2 awards per year up to £3000) These grants fund visits to international centres for the purpose of bringing back relevant expertise to the UK or to establish research collaboration.  The grant is open to Full Members and Fellows.  The grant is up to £3000 with the expectation of some funding (typically one third) from the applicant's department.  Application deadlines are the 31st January and the 31 July each year.  
  • Conference and Course Grants These awards fund attendance at a conference or course relevant to the work of the applicant.   The award is up to £600 with the expectation of matched funding from the applicant's department.   Awards are made throughout the year until the budget is used. There is no deadline for receipt of applications.
  • Student and Trainee Travel Grants Grants are made on an ongoing basis throughout the year for attendance at a conference or course relevant to the work of the student.  This award is open to postgraduate students, healthcare and industrial trainees.  Up to £300 may be requested with the expectation of matched funding from the applicant's department.   There is no deadline for receipt of applications.

Innovation Grants

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.    The closing date for grant applications is the 25th August 2017.   Application Form 

Other Awards

Spiers' Prize for Outreach   closing date 30th April 2018

Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award  closing date 30th April 2018

Keith Boddy Award for the best article in SCOPE  (Awarded by the SCOPE Editorial Board) 

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