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/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 will be announced in early 2021. 

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/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 will be announced in early 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.

  • 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.   Closing date for applications is 21st September 2020.     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 Tuesday 15th September 2020

Professor Mark Tooley FREng
Immediate Past President and Chair of the IPEM Prizes and Awards Panel


Other Awards

Spiers' Prize for Outreach Application Form and guidance notes       

Roy Ellis Patient Benefit Award Application form and guidance 

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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