The British Society for Dental Research (BSODR) are pleased to announce that applications for the President’s Prize are now being invited. The award aims to recognise an Early Career Researcher who is deemed to have excelled in the early stages of their research career and who has made a significant contribution to basic, translational or clinical dental research. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel of senior academics who are longstanding members of the BSODR.

Prize Details and Eligibility Criteria
The President’s Prize will be awarded annually to a researcher who is within 5 years of obtaining their PhD.

The applicant must be a member of the BSODR at the time of submission of entry.

The researcher should also currently be based in a British Research Institution at the time of entry, but can include research study sabbatical periods in an overseas institution.

The prize of £1,000 is awarded to the applicant and it is expected this will be used in some way to further develop their research career. One prize will be awarded per academic year.

The prize will be awarded at the next BSODR Annual Meeting, where the winner will be expected to give a 30-minute presentation of the research that led to their award. A BSODR bursary of £250 and free registration is available to the winner to attend the meeting.

Attendance at this conference is a mandatory condition of receiving the Prize. Applicants must therefore ensure that they are able to attend before submitting an application.

Previous successful recipients of the prize will not be eligible to enter in future years.

Note: Entry to this prize does not prevent you from also applying for one of the BSODR prizes normally judged during prize sessions at the BSODR Annual Meetings.

Application Process
Applicants wishing to be considered for the President’s Prize must submit the following:

1. Either a single substantial publication or a coherent body of work (in press articles will be accepted if the letter of acceptance is submitted along with a manuscript).

2. A personal statement explaining:
a) Your contribution to the work listed (maximum of 50 words).
b) Why you think the study / studies were important and the perceived impact of their work
(maximum of 200 words).
c) The number of times and places the paper has been cited, according to Research Gate
(do not include self-citations).
d) How you have disseminated your research to a wider audience (maximum of 50 words).
e) Your career aspirations and consideration of future work (maximum of 50 words).

3. A Curriculum Vitae: maximum of two A4 pages, 11pt. Ariel font. Please include the names of your PhD supervisors, PhD thesis title and the PhD award date – this is the date of passing your viva (not graduation).

4. A letter of support from your Head of School, which will be taken into account by the judging panel.

The applicant’s personal statement and the Head of School letter of support must be signed and dated.

Submission Process 
Applications must be sent in pdf format to Dr Lynne Bingle, Chair of the BSODR Awards (l.bingle@sheffield.ac.uk) by 5.00pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021. 

The winner will be notified by Friday 16th July 2021, to allow for preparation of presentation at the BSODR Annual Meeting, which will take place in Birmingham from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd September 2021.

Attendance at the conference is a mandatory condition of receiving the Prize. Applicants must ensure that they are able to attend before submitting an application. Due to ongoing concerns with regard to the Covid19 pandemic, applicants should be aware that provisions have been made for the conference to be held virtually should this prove necessary.