John Maddox Prize 2021

Nominations are now open for the John Maddox Prize 2021! Apply now!

The John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. 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. Each year there are one or two winners and an additional prize for an early career researcher. 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. The John Maddox Prize recognizes the work of an individual to promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. The prize advocates for the value of an open and honest environment for societies to discuss scientific evidence. An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career. The prize will be awarded for specific achievements, and the decision will be final and not open to appeal.

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Judging Criteria: 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


  • The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £3000.
  • The award is presented at a reception hosted at Wellcome Collection, London in November (winners in public office usually waive this).


  • 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
  • Staff, trustees and directors of the partnering organisations, previous winners and previous or current members of the judging panel and their direct relations are not eligible for nomination for the prize, though they may nominate. It is open to anyone else, including those commended or nominated in previous years and people who have published with or worked with partnering organisations as contributors, advisers or in other collaborations
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

  • Nominations are to take the form of a letter of recommendation and include biographical information on the candidate and a description of the candidate’s work in standing up for science.
  • Permission must be sought from the nominee.
  • If possible, a supporting referee should be included in the nomination form.
  • To make yourself nominated for the prize please click on Apply Now.
  • Nominations and supporting references must be submitted in English.

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Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

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