The Royal Society
The Copley Medal is the Royal Society’s oldest and most prestigious award. The medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science.
The Copley Medal is thought to be the world's oldest scientific prize and it was awarded 170 years before the first Nobel Prize. Notable winners include Benjamin Franklin, Dorothy Hodgkin, Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually, alternating between the physical and biological sciences (odd and even years respectively).
Program details and timeline are not yet confirmed. This information will be updated when the program launches.
Nominees cannot be members of the Royal Society Council, Premier Awards Committee, or selection Committees overseeing the medal in question.
Nominations are valid for three cycles of the award unless otherwise stated. Nominators are given the opportunity to update previously submitted nominations in December each year. No person should be awarded a subject-specific medal if they have already received a Royal Society Premier Award (Copley Medal, Royal Medals, Bakerian or Croonian Medal and Lecture). Winners of Royal Society subject-specific medals remain eligible for future subject-specific awards and Premier Awards. Winners of Royal Society Premier Awards remain eligible for another Premier Award, excluding winning multiple Royal Medals.
Self-nominations are not accepted.
The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £25,000.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online using the application form provided on the RSC Copley Medal web page by the external deadline. Please submit an OR-5 and a completed application to email@example.com by the external deadline.