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BSI Immunology Research Excellence Award

The BSI Immunology Research Excellence Award recognises an individual who is at a mid to senior stage of their career and has made an outstanding contribution to immunology research.

This award champions individuals who have shown a sustained commitment to the advancement of immunology, leading to significant step changes in our understanding of how the immune system works. The winner will have made a significant contribution to furthering the field of immunology and will be a role model for the sector. 

Professor Lucy Walker holding her award
Professor Lucy Walker holding up her Immunology Research Excellence Award

In 2023, this award went to Professor Lucy Walker at University College London for her sustained and original contributions to the understanding of adaptive immunity. Her work on immune regulation and control of autoimmunity has had a significant impact on the field, and on the understanding of Treg and CTLA-4 biology in particular.

The BSI is committed to ensuring diversity amongst its award recipients. We encourage eligible candidates from all sectors of the Society’s membership to apply, especially those from underrepresented groups.


  • Must be a current full member of the BSI who is actively involved in immunology research
  • Must have received their PhD more than 7 years ago
  • Open to individuals working in all fields and sectors within or related to immunology, academia, the health service, industry, public bodies and charities.
  • Open to individuals only, based in the UK or internationally

How to nominate

Nominations are now closed for 2023 and will reopen next year.

To read more about the BSI Immunology Awards and this year's winners, click here.

How are the awards judged?

Once the nomination deadline has passed, nominations that fulfil the award’s eligibility criteria will be judged by a panel of experts. They will be assessing a number of factors including:

  • The overall impact and originality of the nominee’s research
  • Evidence of multiple high quality research outputs that significantly contribute and influence progress in the field. 
  • Evidence of success of securing significant research funding from diverse sources
  • Acknowledgement and accolades from peers and wider research sector
  • Demonstrates sustained commitment to the advancement of immunology 
  • Demonstrates the ability to nurture talent and inspire the next generation of researchers

The recommendation from the judging panel will be taken forward to the BSI Nominations Committee for ratification.

Further information

If you are nominating someone other than yourself, the BSI will contact the nominee within 30 days of the nomination being received to obtain consent from them to hold their personal information. If we do not receive consent from the nominee within this 30-day period, we will be unable to hold their personal information and we will not be able to process the nomination further.

If you are self-nominating, by submitting an application you give us consent to hold the personal information provided in the form below in relation to processing your nomination for the Research Excellence Award.

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