The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award 2020

The Researchers' Choice Communication Award (RCCA) recognizes early career researchers who have excelled in communicating the purpose, meaning and impact of their research to the wider public. The candidates are nominated by their colleagues and peers. The winner will be chosen from a shortlist by an expert panel of judges and announced at this year's virtual awards ceremony and will receive a grant of £1,500.

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 The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award 2020

The RCCA was first introduced in 2015, developed by Elsevier in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. The aim of this award is to stimulate researchers at an early stage in their career to promote the science they are passionate about to the wider population, recognizing that excellent communication skills are vital both to researchers’ careers and to advancing public engagement with science.

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How it works


  • Nominations open from Wednesday, 26th August until Tuesday, 15th September 2020. > Deadline extended until Wednesday, 30th September 2020.
  • After the closing deadline, all eligible nominees will be invited to participate in the #RCCA2020 social media pitches for a chance to be shortlisted.
  • The RCCA winner will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be announced at the virtual Early Career Researcher UK Awards ceremony on Monday, 16th November 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be currently living in the UK, affiliated with a UK university, and have begun publishing no earlier than 2017. Additionally, the nominee must have less than 100 co-authors (in total).

When nominating someone, please provide evidence of their exceptional communications skills, demonstrating they have gone beyond the publication of their research papers and used innovative ways to communicate their research to the public in both an understandable and engaging way - any kind of public activity to help people make sense of complex scientific topics, or address misleading information about scientific or medical issues.

*Please note that you cannot nominate yourself.

Meet Our Winners

Joanne Jordan

Dr Joanne Jordan

Winner of the Researchers’ Choice Communication Award 2018

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen

Winner of the Researchers' Choice Communication Award 2015

Additional Resources

  • Researcher Academy: Elsevier’s free e-learning platform for early career researchers.
  • Author's Hub: Stories keeping journal authors in touch with industry developments, support and training.