Early Career Investigator

Bernard and Joan Marshall Early Career Investigator Prize

The Bernard and Joan Marshall Early Career Investigator Prize is awarded annually for outstanding research by an early career investigator.

Award details

The prize is intended to reward excellence in research in any area of cardiovascular biology or medicine. The winner will receive £1,500 and runners-up will each receive awards of £500. The winner will be announced during the BSCR Autumn Meeting dinner.


  • There are no citizenship restrictions and applications are welcome from academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Applicants must be members of the BSCR (you can apply for membership online). Previous winners of Marshall Prizes may not re-apply.
  • The ECI Prize is normally open to students and post-docs who are within 5 years of the award of their PhD, DPhil or MD (excluding any career breaks). However, this has been temporarily extended to 6 years to compensate for COVID-related disruptions. Applicants should have received their higher degree from a UK institution and/or be currently working as a post-doc within the UK. They must be a member of the BSCR at the time of applying for the award.
  • Payment of each prize is contingent on the winner presenting a talk at that year's BSCR Autumn Meeting and submitting a review article describing their research interests for publication in a special BSCR issue of Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy and that will be featured on the BSCR website.


Please email the following four items as a single pdf attachment to the Secretary of the BSCR (Professor Carolyn Carr):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Covering letter justifying the application, including a summary of research achievements (max. 1500 words)
  • A full manuscript that is in preparation, or submitted, or is a PDF of a paper published after May 31st of the year prior to the award year, relevant to the application
  • A supporting letter from the research supervisor or Head of Department (as applicable) that briefly summarises the applicant's contribution to the research described

It is expected that the applicants will have taken a major role in the work, and will be either first or senior author of the paper submitted for review.

The deadline for submission is May 31st of the award year.

Please note that any unpublished material presented will be treated with the strictest confidence and that the material, whether unpublished or not, will not be published by the British Society for Cardiovascular Research, meaning that no copyright issues should arise as a consequence of entering the competition.

Judging and Announcement of Winners

The Committee of the Society will shortlist up to five applications for further consideration during June each year. The selected applicants will be asked to make short competitive presentations at the BSCR Autumn Meeting and the winner will be selected by a judging panel.