Geoffrey Burnstock Prize

About the award

Winners will receive £1,000 and be offered the opportunity to give a lecture at a Society meeting.
The prize recognises the achievements of established researchers and has been awarded by the Society since 1972. Known as the Sandoz Prize until 1997, and the Novartis Prize until 2019, it has been renamed in honour of Professor Geoffrey Burnstock, who passed away in 2020. Prof Burnstock is known for inventing the concept of purinergic transmission and remains one of the most cited pharmacologists in the world. His proudest achievement was mentoring students and colleagues, and nurturing the careers of so many of his department, helping their pathway to professorship. 


  • Published in one of the Society’s journals
  • ​A minimum 5 years, and a maximum of 15 years post award of a PhD (excluding significant career breaks)
  • A member for at least 2 years
  • The Society is committed to increasing the diversity of its award recipients. Excellent candidates are encouraged to apply, especially those from under-represented groups
  • Applications are subject to the Awards Terms and Conditions


  • Career to date, taking into account significant career breaks
  • Contribution to and impact upon field of study


You must gather the following information in one PDF document and upload via the 'apply now' link. All information must use Arial 11 and Moderate margins. Exceeding the page limits may result in an application being marked down or removed from the review process.

  • Brief CV (up to two pages)
  • Up to 10 key publications, including journal impact factor and number of citations
  • Summary (up to two pages) of one or two programmes of work generating publications of which the candidate is the corresponding author

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2024.

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Published: 06 Feb 2024 in Prizes and awards