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Sir James Black Award for Contributions to Drug Discovery


This award was set up in commemoration of the late Sir James Black to recognise the achievements of pharmacologists in drug discovery.

The prize

The winner will receive £2,000.


Awards will be made after either a completely new drug has been introduced to the market, or original research has led to a new application or use of an existing drug. 


  • The award is open to individuals or teams of up to five people
  • The lead nominee will ordinarily be expected to have been a member for at least 2 years
  • Self-nomination or nomination by members only
  • There is no time limit on nominations in relation to the discovery, and it is expected that many awards will be retrospective
  • There are no restrictions on age, nationality, place of residence or work of nominees

Deadline & nomination form

Please submit the nomination form by 28 February 2018.

Past winners

  • 2017 - N Sharif, J Yanni, S Xu & S Miller
  • 2016 - F di Giovine, G Duff & G Nuki 
  • 2015 - V. C Jordan
  • 2014 - G Sanger
  • 2013 - J Westwick
  • 2012 - S Campbell
  • 2011  - R Hargreaves & R Hill