International Clinical Researcher of the Year

Designed to challenge, recognise and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers, the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year is a rigorous, real world competition that attracts entrants from all over the globe.

Comprising three-stages, the competition offers a unique opportunity for professionals working within the research fraternity to benchmark their skills against their peers in a learning environment, and have them judged by an independent steering group of high-level industry leaders.

The categories have been designed so clinical researchers at all levels in their career can enter, develop and be rewarded for their efforts. A fantastic way to gain professional recognition from senior clinical operations leaders and key stakeholders, leading to career progression and development, all finalists receive qualitative and quantitative feedback from the judges together with a signed Certificate of Achievement.

Launched in 1999 as the only competition of its kind for Clinical Researchers, it continues to be an opportunity to recognise clinical excellence in our industry today.

The current environment is dynamic and challenging for Clinical Researchers, this means that career development has never been more important.

This year, to reflect this changing environment, a new category has been added - In-house Clinical Research Associate. More information on this and other categories is available here.


This is the only international clinical research competition that tests the competencies and skills of clinical researchers in a real-life challenge against their peers.

Its aim is to recognise the talent and passion of clinical researchers working in pharma, CROs and academia from all over the world.

Entering the competition is a simple three-step process:

  • Complete a multichoice questionnaire based on ICH/GCP
  • Successful applicants complete a category specific essay challenge
  • The best candidates across each of the 7 categories are invited to the finals where they will present to a panel of senior industry judges

Finalists will receive valuable mentoring and feedback on individual performance from the senior clinical judging panel.

Your organisation could even walk off with the ultimate accolade of Clinical Company of the Year!


  • Professional recognition on stage at the awards ceremony
  • A signed certificate
  • Post-event feedback
  • Professional recognition
  • The opportunity to network with peers, and senior industry marketing leaders and key stakeholders

As well as the above, the Pharma Winner from each category will receive:

  • An engraved glass crystal award
  • Promotion via print and digital channels
  • A raised professional profile that has led to career development and progression for many previous winners

FINALS DAYS 2018 2018 Finals Days will be held on:

March 2018


Singles Finals:

March 2018


Team finals:


Encourage the learning and development of your clinical researchers and teams through competency benchmarking

Cross-check the skills and abilities of your clinical researchers against the best in the industry

Validate the rigour of your recruitment, training and development

Success in the individual and team categories could result in you being crowned Clinical Research Company of the Year.

Attract new talent to your organisation and create affiliate pride


January 2018


Entry Closes

March 2018


Singles Finals Day

March 2018


Team Finals Day

May 2018

Gala Dinner & Awards


Key dates

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