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
- An engraved medal and certificate
- Full registration for the whole meeting
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.
Applications will close on 21st February 2022.
* 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.
How to apply
Please complete the application form here.
Below are the fields you’ll need to complete.
- Please describe your academic training including any higher degrees, PhD, or postdoctoral work. 400 words
- Total number of publications in peer review journals (numbers in each category i.e. original papers, reviews, abstracts, posters, web- based publications etc.): 400 words
- Please indicate your top 10 publications. Outline if you were first author, last author, or corresponding author in peer review journals. : 400 words
- Please describe the impact of each of the top 10 publications. : 400 words
- Please list other markers of esteem, such as prizes, invited lectures, or conference activity: 400 words
- Please describe evidence of independent research activity including 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: 400 words
- Please list evidence of grant awards as lead or co-lead investigator together with funding body, dates and total awards: 400 words
The title and an outline of the proposed content of the lecture : 300 words
The BSG will convene a panel of 10 reviewers. They will each score each application on each of the following categories, giving a total score of 20. These scores are then ranked. If there is a tied score, the chief judge will review all scores and collect feedback from judges to determine a winner.
- 0-7 Publication quantity & quality
- 0-7 Other markers of esteem (e.g. prizes, awards, conference activity etc.)
- 0-5 Evidence of independent research activity (last authorship, grant income, lab staff)
- 0-3 Academic training record including PhD and post-doctoral
There will be a panel of 10 judges including:
- President Elect
- Previous winner
- Research committee reps
The scores are shared with the judges afterwards.
Previous winners of the prize
|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|
|2016||Ye Htun Oo|
|2009||David A van Heel|
|2008||D Mark Pritchard|
|2004||David EJ Jones|
|2001||John C Atherton|
|2000||Chris P Day|
|1997||Yashwant Mahida and Massimo Pignatelli|
|1996||David H Adams|
|1993||Michael A Kamm|
|1992||Alastair JM Watson|
|1989||Jon M Rhodes|
|1987||Mike JG Farthing|
|1983||Wynne DW Rees|
|1980||Nichola W Read|
|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.