Paton Prize Bursary for Research into the History of Physiology

The Physiological Society established the Paton Prize in 1994 to encourage the study of the history of the major ideas and concepts that have shaped modern physiology, as well as the scientists who conduct the work. (The fund originated with a donation from Professor Sir William Paton with a matching contribution from the Society.) The Prize takes the form of a bursary to support such studies, with funding of up to £1000 to cover travel and research expenses. The Society's History & Archives Committee seeks to promote interest in the history of physiology among younger Affiliates and Members of The Society, as well as more established scientists.

Applications can be made at any time. There is no pro forma but the following comments serve as a guide: Please provide a brief summary outline of the project (maximum two A4 pages), a breakdown of the expenditure anticipated (e.g. for travel, access research costs, etc.) and a plan of work, including how the results of the study will be published, archived or otherwise made available. This is to be supported by a brief CV and the names and contact details (preferably email address) of two relevant persons who will support the application. If you wish to access archive collections, please also provide evidence of your guaranteed access (e.g. a letter of acceptance from the institution). Support can be for up to £1000. Additional funding might be available in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants are encouraged to make informal contact to indicate their interest before embarking on a full application. Please email us at and include the words ‘Paton Prize’ in the subject line.