John Maddox Prize for Resilient Scientific Researchers in London in 2021

Sense about Science and Nature Journal invites applications for the John Maddox Prize for Resilient Scientific Researchers in London in 2021.

The John Maddox Prize recognizes the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility.

The Prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility.

The prize brings into the spotlight the difficulty faced by many who fight to share the results of research evidence and inspires and encourages people the world over to do the same.

Nominations illustrate a wide variety of circumstances faced by researchers and communicators around the world, and judges consider these in the round. They also consider:

  • The significance of an individual’s effort to advance the discussion of sound science in the public sphere.
  • The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual, whether they persevered and whether those challenges were beyond what would be expected in their position.
  • How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
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Worth of Award

  • The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000.
  • The award is presented at a reception hosted at Wellcome Collection in November.


  • Candidates for the John Maddox Prize must be nominated.
  • This is a global prize: people from any country and in any field can be nominated.
  • The winner is chosen by a judging panel, not by Sense about Science or Nature.

How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Very Important

The prize will be awarded for specific achievements, and the decision will be final and not open to appeal.

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Deadline: Nominations for the 2021 John Maddox Prize are open until June 14. 


Click here for more details and to apply