About the Roger Needham Award

This prestigious award was established in memory of the late Professor Roger Needham. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, it is presented annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK-based researcher who has completed up to ten years of post-doctoral research.

The winner is also given a £5,000 prize and the opportunity to present the public Needham Lecture on their work. Winners are asked to contribute an article describing their work, in terms accessible to a general audience, for publication in the BCS magazine ITNOW.

Nominations for the 2018 Needham Award will open on 9 October 2017 and close on 15 January 2018.


Having completed up to ten years of post-doctoral research means that, if nominated for the award in - for example - 2013, then the author should normally have received their PhD after 1st January 2003. However, allowance may be made for career breaks and part-time working.

Candidates should ordinarily have been resident in the UK for three years prior to nomination, or be deemed to have an equivalent substantial connection to the UK. A candidate nominated in 2013 should normally have been resident in the UK from 1st January 2010.

Rules of submission

A nomination for the Roger Needham Award should consist of:

  • the full name and contact details of the nominator
  • the full name and contact details of the nominee
  • a description of the distinguished research contribution (up to 500 words in length) provided by the nominator, and a description of its importance in computer science (in a form accessible to a general computing-science audience) provided by the nominee
  • a CV for the nominee up to four pages in length
  • the names and email addresses of three referees who would be able to provide an independent assessment of the nominee’s research contribution

Nominations should be in the form of a single electronic file in Word or PDF format. Document security levels should be set so that the file can be copied, printed and extracted from. The name of the nominee must be in the title of the file.

To submit a nomination or any enquiries please email awardscommittee@bcs.uk