The Andrew Miller Prize: funding for research on COVID-19 science in policy


We seek to award the Andrew Miller prize, a small grant of £8,000 to an early career researcher to provide funding for up to three months starting after June 2021, to carry out an analysis on the use of scientific evidence in UK policy responses to COVID-19.

We’re offering the Andrew Miller Prize in honour of Andrew Miller, a former Member of Parliament (MP) and valued Trustee of Newton’s Apple who, sadly, died in 2019. Andrew served as MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston from 1992 – 2015. He was the first Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee to be elected by all members of the House, a position in which he served for over a decade.

Andrew made numerous contributions to science policy over and above his role as an MP. He was the chair of the Grantham Institute for Sustainable Futures engagement board. He chaired the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park Advisory Board and was a director of Thornton research. Such were his contributions, that Andrew was recognized by the Science Council as one of the UK’s 100 leading practicing scientists in 2014.

In honour of Andrew’s work championing the use of scientific evidence in policy making, and given the importance of science during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we seek to fund research on the use of scientific evidence in policy responses to COVID-19. In line with the ethos of our Newton’s Heirs programme, which aims to engage early career scientists with science policy, the prize is directed at early career researchers.

We invite early career researchers affiliated with the following organisations to apply:

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) – UCL

Faculty of Public Health and Policy – LSHTM

Fuse – The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

Health Policy Research Unit – De Montfort University

Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit – Imperial College London

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) – University of Sussex

The Department of Health Policy – LSE

Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their affiliation with one of these research units.

Deadline: 5pm on April 30th, 2021. For further information on how to apply, please download our guide.

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