This biennial competition is open to researchers in the history of science, technology and medicine who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The unpublished essay, based on original research, should relate to aspects of the history of science, technology or medicine. The award includes a cash prize of £500. The deadline for submission of an essay is 31st January 2014.

The 2012 winner was Meghan Doherty, for her essay entitled ‘Discovering the “True Form:” Hooke’s Micrographia and the Visual Vocabulary of Engraved Portraits’ – see http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2012.0031 . The essay is a detailed analysis of Robert Hooke’s artistic connections and his studies of drawing.

More details at http://rsnr.royalsocietypublishing.org/site/misc/essayaward.xhtm