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Call for Nominations:Royal Society Athena Prize 2020


Nominations are already open for the Royal Society Athena Prize 2020.

The Royal Society Athena Prize is awarded biennially (in even years) for teams working in UK academic and research communities, who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within their communities.

The Royal Society is committed to promoting and increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A diverse and inclusive scientific workforce draws from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences thereby maximizing innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. Their work on diversity in science includes addressing barriers to participation and success and actions to support and inspire change. This prize aims to inspire innovation and leadership in STEM diversity issues.

Location: United Kingdom


  • The recipients of the prize will receive a medal and a grant of £5,000.


  • Will be awarded to a team for significantly contributing to good practice and the advancement of diversity and inclusion in STEM.
  • Teams must be working in an academic or research community in the UK.
  • Teams must be clearly defined on the application and the names of all team members must be specified.
  • For the Athena Prize, “team” includes University STEM departments and faculties. It also includes teams who have founded or are leading a network but does not include all members of a particular network.
  • Previous individual or team Athena Prize winners may not reapply. Individuals who had formerly been part of a winning Athena Prize team may be included if they are now part of a different team.
  • Previously unsuccessful Athena Prize applicants may apply again.
  • Members of the Council of the Royal Society, members of the Royal Society Diversity Committee, and members of the judging panel at the time the award is decided will not be eligible for the Athena Prize.
  • For this Prize, ‘diversity’ is used in its broadest sense and includes (but is not limited to) projects or initiatives relating to gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and LGBTQ+, neurodiversity, social background and religion/belief. Projects or initiatives may cover one or more of these areas.
  • The nomination of a candidate team is made by a proposer (who may be an individual or an institution) via the Society’s online system and should include the names and contact details of two referees. Nominators should make the candidate team aware of their nomination. Self-nomination is not acceptable.

Eligible Regions: Multiple Regions

Application Deadline: January 27, 2020

Official Link: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/awards/athena-prize/