How it works

Comprising three stages, the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year competition is free to enter and is open to all levels of clinical researchers working within the pharmaceutical industry. Nominations may also be made, and where this is the case, PharmaTimes will contact the nominee and invite them to enter.

Stage 1:

13th September 2019 until 23rd January 2020

This is an online multiple-choice questionnaire prepared by the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) consisting of 20 questions based on ICH/GCP questions. The pass mark to move forward to Stage 3 is 80%. One re-take is allowed.

Stage 2:

13th September 2019 until 23rd January 2020

Successful candidates from stage one are invited to complete a category specific 'Clinical Challenge' devised by the competition's Executive Steering Group.

Submissions should be no more than 1000 words.

PharmaTimes Media sends all of the essays to the judges without telling them who they have been written by.

The authors and the companies they work for are only revealed at a special meeting of the executive steering group  – in what is often referred to as ‘the unblinding of the essays’.

The top performers are then invited to compete in the finals (Stage 3).

Stage 3: The Finals

Singles Finals - Thursday 19th March 2020

Team Finals - Thursday 26th March 2020

No preparation is required prior to the finals. Judges are drawn from the competition steering group – and entrants are only judged by people from outside their own organisation.

All finalists receive valuable mentoring and feedback on individual performance from the senior clinical judging panel together with a signed certificate.

Gala Dinner and Awards

Thursday 14th May 2020, Chelsea Harbour Hotel

The winners will be announced and rewarded in front of the worldwide clinical research community at the gala dinner and awards ceremony, which will be held at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel.

All finalists will be recognised and will have the opportunity to network with some the leading voices in clinical research.

If you have any questions about the competition, categories, or the awards ceremony then please contact Luci Sargood at: T: +44 (0)1372 414240.


Key dates

Entry Opens
Entry Closes
Singles Finals Day
Team Finals Day
Awards Event
Clinical Researcher of the Year - The Americas