The Sir Jules Thorn
Award for Biomedical

For over 20 years, the Trust has supported world-leading translational research projects through the Sir Jules Thorn Award. The Award provides a grant of up to £1.7 million to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the UK’s leading medical schools and NHS organisations. UK medical schools and NHS organisations are normally able to submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition.  Full details of the programme are given in the guidance notes.


Applications for the Sir Jules Thorn Award are welcome from UK medical schools and NHS Organisations with only one application allowed per eligible institution/organisation. The research must have a justifiable claim to be at the leading edge of international science and must be led by a clearly identified Principal Applicant of outstanding quality in the early years of an established research and academic career.


Applications are now closed.


Applications for the 2024 Sir Jules Thorn Award are now closed. Preliminary applications were due on 18 December 2023 at noon UTC.

Information about the selection process for the Award is set out in the Guidance Notes for the competition. Potential applicants should also consult our Resources page to ensure their application complies with other relevant policies and guidance.

The Trust’s peer review process is accredited by the AMRC.

Information about previous winners of the Sir Jules Thorn Award can be found in the Previous Awards section of our website.

Applicants should contact the Trust, should they have any further questions on [email protected].