Committee News - Retirements and New Members:

Thanks go to Professor Keith Frayn who retired from the Nutrition Committee in April after 10 years of excellent service.  The Committee welcomed Professor Susan Ozanne to the Nutrition Committee.

Thanks also to Mrs. Susan Bristol and to Mrs Judith Delaney for their outstanding contribution to the administration of the Funds over many years.  The Trustees and Committees wish them well in their retirement.



Professor Donal Bradley awarded honorary degree by Hong Kong Baptist University


 Prof Donal Bradley


At its 58th Commencement and Honorary Doctoral Degrees Conferment Ceremony on Monday 13 November, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa to Professor Donal Bradley, Head of the MPLS Division ‘for his untiring efforts in scientific research and internationally acclaimed contributions to the development and application of molecular electronic materials’.


Referring to Professor Bradley as ‘one of the pioneers of plastic electronics’, Professor Cheah Kok Wai, Head and Chair Professor of the Department of Physics at HKBU, said ‘the invention of conjugated polymer LEDs launched the field of plastic electronics research and if one looks back along its subsequent path, one can see the many significant contributions to the science and application of molecular electronic materials and devices that Professor Bradley has made, leading to him becoming one of the most highly cited materials researchers in the world’.


Fibre Optic Project at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Following a grant from the Funds, a new exhibition has opended at the museum.

There is a table display for interactive displays, designed by a team from UCL and the museum's own volunteers, demonstrating:

Digital optical communication, optical amplifiers, the global fibre network (via touch screen), wavelength division multiplexing and showing optical chip samples for wavelength (de)multiplexing.

The display boards show today's inventors, how light travels in fibres, what happens when you send an email or access the web, Cornwall's role and the superfast broadband connection to the Isle of Scilly.

There are also numerous samples of optical cables and a preform and various videos.

The engineers from Science Projects who manufactured the displays also contributed significantly.


 Post-Graduate Studentships in Human Nutrition

  • 2016 Award - The University of Nottingham (£10,000 per annum for 3 years)
  • 2017 Award - The University of Bath (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2018 Award - Northumbria University (£10,000 per annum for 3 years)

New Lecturer Award 2017

Dr. Neil Martin (Loughborough) 

Rank Prize Lectures 2017


  • Diabetes UK (Harry Keen Memorial Lecture) - Professor Nita Forouhi
  • The Nutrition Society - Professor Daan Kromhout


  • The European Conference on Visual Perception - Professor Shin'ya Nishida


Nutrition Committee

Post-Graduate Studentships

Details for applications for 2019 

Applications from supervisors are invited for a Rank Prize Nutrition Fund Post-Graduate Studentship in Human Nutrition, to start in October 2019. This should be at a UK institution.  The maximum grant will be £10,000 pa for four years which can be used to fund partially a studentship with support from a Research Council, Charity or other source. Additional funds of up to £1,000 are available annually for the student to attend UK and/or overseas professional conferences. The application form can be obtained here. Any queries should be addressed to The Rank Prize Funds, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One application to be submitted per Department, selected and approved by the Head. The closing date is midnight 6 November 2018 and the award will be announced by 14 December 2018.

 Nutrition Committee Travel Awards 2018 - Further details to follow

Awards of up £7,500 each are available to assist early- and mid-career scientists to learn new techniques and/or to make and establish contacts with international counterparts by spending time in an institution outside the UK. The awards are available in the broad areas of human nutrition and crop science to members of academic and research staff at UK universities and other organisations who are defined as eligible for funding under the criteria used by research councils. The scheme is not open to PhD students. Click here to download further details and application form.

Any queries should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vacation Studentships 2018

- Nutrition Committee - Details for 2019 to follow

The Rank Prize Funds will be again be offering vacation studentships commencing in the Summer of 2018.  A total grant of £2500 per student (£250 per week for 10 weeks) together with up to £500 for consumables (the proposed amount should be justified on the application form)will be available for students to assist in research projects in the fields of human nutrition, animal nutrition and crop husbandry.  Topics should be within the remit of the Committee. Supervisors already actively engaged on appropriate projects can download the guidelines and application form here.

- Optoelectronics Committee 

The Optoelectronics Advisory Committee of the Rank Prize Funds will support a number of awards for students in the penultimate year of undergraduate studies at UK universities which have a major commitment to teaching and research in optoelectronics, including vision and the eye.  The scheme is intended to integrate students in the day-to-day activities of a research group/laboratory and will run during the summer of 2018.  For Guidelines and application form click here.  The deadline for applications is 28th February 2018.