2023 Emerging Leaders Prize

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The application process is now closed and we will not be accepting any further submissions for this funding call.

What is the aim of the funding call?

The Medical Research Foundation is inviting applications from viral and/or autoimmune hepatitis researchers to apply for the 2023 Emerging Leaders Prize.

This Prize is intended to celebrate the achievements of outstanding researchers who are making an impact in viral and/or autoimmune hepatitis research and have demonstrated their potential to be a research leader of the future.

Who can apply?

The prize is open to anyone at the relevant career stage who is doing research on viral and/or autoimmune hepatitis e.g. clinicians, lab-based scientists, allied health professionals etc. Applicants must be UK-based researchers at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, GP practices and other clinics and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and be conducting their research at an eligible institution. Applicants may be a citizen of any country but must already have an employment contract at an eligible institution within the UK that covers the duration of the prize award.

Applicants must be in the process of, or have recently, transitioned to an independent research position. They should demonstrate productivity across their past career and an upward trajectory, as well as be able to demonstrate a track record of nationally competitive research, an ability to manage their own independent research group currently or in the near future and have clear plans to develop into an internationally recognised leader in the field.

Applicants should be starting to show evidence of recognition and leadership in the community on an international scale, have a strong track record of original and productive independent research with impact in the field (for example evidenced by senior author publication(s)), success at securing research funding such as previous intermediate fellowships to establish independence, and have standing/influence within the field and the community.

Funding available

Up to £200,000 is available to recognise the work of emerging research leaders who have made significant contributions to research in viral and/or autoimmune hepatitis. A top prize of £100,000 will be awarded and smaller prizes of various amounts for second place and highly commended candidates.

The research that will be supported in this competition was made possible by a generous gift in the Will of the late Erina Herrick.

Expert Panel

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel made up of core panel members with experience in assessing career development and fellowship awards, and specialist members with experience in research areas relevant to viral and/or autoimmune hepatitis. The Panel will be chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees, Professor Danny Altmann.

Core Panel Members

  • Professor David Dockrell, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Mark Harris, University of Leeds
  • Professor Melanie Newport, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Professor Federica Marelli-Berg, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Eileen Joyce, University College London
  • Professor Liz Lightstone, Imperial College London

Specialist Panel Members

  • Professor John McLauchlan, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Will Irving, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Deirdre Kelly, University of Birmingham,
  • Dr Emma Culver, University of Oxford


  • Deadline for Submission: 12:00 Tuesday 25 April 2023
  • Shortlisting notification: July 2023
  • Interview Panel Meeting: 12 September 2023
  • Funding Decision: September 2023
  • Feedback on funding decision: September 2023
  • Prize Giving Event: Wednesday 22 November 2023

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via our online grants management system.

Please see here for Emerging Leaders Prize Viral and Autoimmune Hepatitis Guidelines for Applicants.


The Medical Research Foundation is committed to making this application accessible to all by offering assistance where needed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Research Team if you have any questions or concerns about the application or interview processes: Tel: 0207 395 2405.

Panel Review

Emerging Leader's Prize 2023 Panel Guidance