Final few days to apply for research awards

This year we're proud to present three prizes that recognise medical research in paediatrics. They close later this week - so get your application in soon!

The Dr Simon Newell Early Career Investigator of the Year Award recognises excellent young medical researchers in paediatrics. Established 20 years ago by Sparks, it's now jointly funded by RCPCH, Sparks and GOSH Charity. It comprises a trophy, £1,000 for the winner and £1,000 for the winner’s department. Dr Christopher Moxon, who won the award in 2017, said it's "an important boost for the career of an early career investigator" and Professor Jugnoo Rahi, a winner in 2002, thinks it was "undoubtedly helpful" in her journey to becoming an independent investigator. Apply by 29 November.

The Lorber Prize awards the best scientific paper related to paediatrics in the past year. It's open to pre-consultant grade medical practitioners, and the winner receives of a certificate and £200. Recent winning papers cover a range of topics such as trends in admission rates for encephalitis, early term birth as a risk factor in wheezing and cancer risk in children born after assisted conception. Apply by 30 November.

The RCPCH-NIHR PIER Prize is for a multidisciplinary team of up to four people. The winning team will have made an outstanding contribution to involving paediatric patients and families in the development and delivery of their research (as an NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio study), and will receive a trophy. Apply by 30 November.

We will present each award at RCPCH Conference and exhibition next April in Liverpool, and we'll cover the attendance and travel costs for the winners.