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Francis Avery Jones Award

Updated on: 18 Nov 2021   First published on 18 Jan 2021

The annual Sir Francis Avery Jones (FAJ) BSG Research Award encourages research by gastroenterologists working in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The award consists of:

  • An opportunity to deliver a 20-minute lecture during the plenary session at BSG Annual Meeting Online 2021
  • An engraved medal and certificate
  • Full registration for the whole virtual meeting (8th-12th November 2021)

Entrants need not be a member of the Society but must fulfil certain age criteria*. A list of past winners can be viewed at the bottom of the page. Previous applicants are welcome to apply.

Due to COVID-19, the BSG has taken the decision to hold this year’s meeting in a virtual format. The winning lecture will be delivered virtually, using a pre-recording. The BSG will be able to support you as required to record and deliver this presentation.

Applications should be sent electronically using the form below by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd August 2021. Applicants will be notified of the decision by Tuesday 24th August 2021.

* Age criteria: A written statement confirming that, on the date of the lecture, the applicant must be under 40 years old on the day of the lecture OR have held a Consultant/Honorary Consultant post for fewer than 5 years (or whole-time equivalent if part-time or in intermittent employment). Trainees are allowed to apply.

Year Winner Lecture title
2021 Dr. Fotios Sampaziotis From organoids to organs: A journey of clinical translation
2020 Dr. Prakash Ramachandran Deciphering Liver Fibrosis One Cell at a Time
2019 Thomas Bird Liver senescence – How the liver can grow without growing old or lumpy
2018 James Lee
2017 Trevor Graham
2016 Ye Htun Oo
2015 Simon Leedham
2014 Neil Henderson
2013 Wing-Kin Syn
2012 Joe West
2011 Melita Gordon
2010 Bertus Eksteen
2009 David A van Heel
2008 D Mark Pritchard
2007 Rebecca Fitzgerald
2006 John McLaughlin
2005 Shaheen Hamdy
2004 David EJ Jones
2003 M Illyas
2002 S Watson
2001 John C Atherton
2000 Chris P Day
1999 Simon Taylor-Robinson
1998 Qasim Aziz
1997 Yashwant Mahida and Massimo Pignatelli
1996 David H Adams
1995 Ray Playford
1994 Janusz Jankowski
1993 Michael A Kamm
1992 Alastair JM Watson
1991 I Bjarnson
1990 Andrew Garner
1989 Jon M Rhodes
1988 David Thompson
1987 Mike JG Farthing
1986 Paul Ciclitira
1984 H Thomas
1983 Wynne DW Rees
1982 RCN Williamson
1981 M Case
1980 Nichola W Read
1979 A Ferguson
1978 Nicholas A Wright
1977 David B Silk
1976 SR Bloom and B Drasar

Guidance for candidates applying for the Prize

Thank you for applying for the Sir Francis Avery Jones Prize, which recognises the work of younger researchers, and is the highest honour that the Society bestows in this respect.

The BSG is an open, equitable, and inclusive Society, and welcomes applications irrespective of gender, ethnicity, background, or training.

If you are uncertain as to whether you should apply, or would like some help in completing the application, please contact our office and we will provide advice independent from the judging panel. Please note we can only provide advice; it remains your responsibility to provide the evidence in a form that is easy for the panel to assess.

Please note the criteria laid out in the Sir Francis Avery Jones notice which represents the minimum information required.

You must be under 40 years of age on the day of the lecture or have held a consultant post for less than 5 years. If you have been in part time or intermittent employment, we will adjust the 5-year figure to a whole time equivalent. This can include time out of practice for maternity, paternity, or carer’s leave, up to a maximum of 10 years. If you are in any doubt, tell us about the circumstances and we will advise accordingly.

We ask all reviewers for any potential conflicts of interest and take precautions to avoid any intentional or unintentional bias when judging applicants.

Please describe your academic training including any higher degrees, PhD, or post-doctoral work.

We need details of your publication history. Please indicate publications where you have played a significant role, for example, as first author, last author, or corresponding author in peer review journals.

It is helpful to list all your publications by type i.e. original papers, reviews, abstracts, posters, web-based publications etc. As well as H index and journal impact factor, this should include national and international impact, inc healthcare policy, disease management, clinical guidelines, education and training, sustainability, advancing scientific methodology and application within and across disciplines.

Please list other markers of esteem, such as prizes, invited lectures, or conference activity.

We look for evidence of independent research activity including grant awards, managing or directing a laboratory and its staff, the number of staff under your supervision and details of supervision of trainees, fellows, higher degrees, or post-doctoral workers. A list of total grant awards is useful, but it is helpful to show where you were the primary applicant.

We understand that applications for any award require time in a busy academic schedule. We very much appreciate your decision to apply and promise that all applications will be reviewed fairly. The FAJ award is a discretionary award and all criteria are taken into account and no single measure decides the outcome of your application.

Good luck to all applicants; we very much look forward to seeing your applications.


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