Baxter Prize

The Anne and Normile Baxter Prize for Cancer Research

Background

Robin E. E. Baxter, the son of Normile and Anne Baxter established a prize in his parents’ name for the University of Dundee to support cancer research. The Baxter family connections go back to the founding of the University of Dundee (originally known as University College of Dundee) by Mary Ann Baxter, Robin’s great, great, great grandfather’s youngest sister and the founding of the University of Abertay (originally known as the Technical College) by her brother, Sir David Baxter, Bart.

Terms of the Prize

The Anne and Normile Baxter prize is awarded to an early career researcher, either a PhD student or a junior postdoctoral fellow (two years or less into his/her postdoc) whose work is likely to make a significant contribution to cancer research at the University of Dundee. The prize should be used to support the recipient’s research ambitions and to her/his career.

A review in 2012 resulted in an increase in the award to £5,000 to be given in alternate years.  This change was made so that the award could provide support for more ambitious ideas that allow recipients to harness the full potential of their research effort. For instance, the prize money could be used for pre-pilot or micro-pilot projects that could provide data for bigger pilot studies or long-term research collaborations. Development of research could include study visits to work in a relevant lab, conducting new experiments, generating new data or starting new innovative collaborations across disciplines.

Criteria for the prize

- The prize will be awarded for a piece of work that has made, or is likely to make, a significant contribution to cancer research in Dundee (anything from basic discovery, mathematical modelling, to bed side research will be considered).
- The research recognised and supported by the prize must have been undertaken in Dundee.
- The prize must be received in person by the candidate at the Graduation Lunch where it is awarded by a Baxter family member.
- The recipient must report back to the University within one year on how the prize money was used to make a contribution to cancer research (i.e. study visit, new experiments, collaborative visits, etc.).

Nominations

Nominations for this prize are invited from anyone across the University of Dundee seeking to encourage a broad range of innovative contributions to cancer research.  To nominate a candidate please complete the attached form: Baxter Prize 2014 Nomination form.

The form includes a brief personal statement from the candidate, which should summarise their overall research ambitions, particularly those covered in the nomination.  Nomination should also explain how candidates plan to use the award money to build on their current research achievements and how they will contribute to advancing cancer research in Dundee.

Please send nominations to: Inke Näthke (i.s.nathke@dundee.ac.uk) with the subject heading ‘Baxter Prize’. The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 29th 2014.

The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of local clinicians and researchers together with a representative from the Baxter family. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the Panel May and the winner will be announced in May. The prize will be awarded at the Graduation Lunch on 18th of June 2014.