TCES Awards/Prizes

The following bursaries and awards are available to our members:

TCES Travel Bursary

TCES travel bursaries are available for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers currently studying/working in the UK to attend conferences other than TCES, promoting the society at external meetings.

Applicants need to be TCES members who have already had an abstract accepted for the conference that they want to attend. Travel bursary applications are welcome all year around.

For more information contact the Travel Bursary Coordinator, Dr James Phillips, at

Award application form is below.

Important note: TCES Travel Bursary Applications for attending TERMIS EU 2020

In order to maximise the support we provide to TCES members attending TERMIS, travel bursaries for TERMIS EU 2020 will be administered in a different way to other applications.

Please apply using the normal application form but note that there will be a deadline of 20th March 2020 for any bursary applications for TERMIS EU 2020 in Manchester. After that deadline, all applications will be judged and ranked and decisions will be announced in the week commencing 6th April.

It is likely that the individual amounts of money awarded will be lower than normal, so that as many applications as possible can be supported.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications for all other meetings are unaffected and will be received in the normal way throughout the year.

Download: TCES travel bursary application form

The Robert Brown Award for Early Stage Investigators

This award identifies the true future high flyers whilst they are still fledglings. It is named in honour of Professor Robert Brown, who dedicated his life to the field of tissue engineering, and who inspired many aspiring scientists through his work.

Criteria for this award include outputs, impact, funding success, professional development and quality of the work presented at TCES conferences. The Robert Brown Award winner receives a cheque for £250, an invitation to submit an article on their profile and research to the TCES newsletter, and mentoring from a member of the committee (subject to availability of individual committee members chosen).

Learn about our current and past awardees here

Eligible candidates should be TCES members, should have a PhD in a tissue engineering-related field, should not have been awarded grants or fellowships longer than 12 months, and should not hold a permanent academic position.

Candidate may apply by submitting an abstract for the annual conference to the organisers, AND a personal statement and CV (using the template provided) to the TCES Awards Co-ordinator, Dr Nicholas Evans, (, by the closing date for abstract submission of the current year’s TCES conference. The current deadline is Friday 27th March 2020. Candidates shortlisted to oral sessions by the Conference Committee will be evaluated on their TCES presentation, as well as on their research career.

Download: TCES Robert Brown Award Application form

Adam Curtis Collaboration Award (ACCA)

This award is named in honour of Professor Adam Curtis, a pioneer in the science of cell-material interactions, and who inspired countless young scientists by his highly collaborative, discipline-spanning attitude to science.

TCES Adam Curtis Collaboration awards (ACCAs) are £500 awards to support PhD students (2nd and 3rd year) and PDRAs with an opportunity for short-term training at a specialised group in the UK, to promote technology transfer between groups, or to facilitate collaboration between diverse groups, which may lead to future grant applications or joint publications.

Learn more about past and current awardees here

TCES members can apply by sending their CV, an invitation letter from the proposed host, a letter of support from their supervisor and the completed application form (including objectives of research to be carried out or technology transfer, time scale and deliverables).

Successful applicants must agree to acknowledge TCES in resulting outputs and to publish a short article in the TCES newsletter and for inclusion on the website. Applications should be emailed to the TCES Awards Co-ordinator, Dr Nicholas Evans ( The closing date is May 31st each year.

Download: Adam Curtis Collaboration Award – application form

· Results for the Robert Brown and Adam Curtis awards will be announced during the Annual TCES Conference, shortlisted candidates should make every effort to attend this meeting.

· Previous Award winners are not eligible to enter again.

Other Awards and Prizes

[None advertised at present]