How to Enter

How to Enter The BMJ Awards

All entries are made online.
The submission process is simple and quick.

The deadline for submissions has been extended, and submissions now close on Monday 21 June 2021 at 23:59 BST. 

Step 1

Make sure you have completed the online entry form. You will need to answer up to 10 questions about your project and you can attach supporting documents to your entry. You must submit your application on the template provided. Applications that are not submitted on this template will not be sent for shortlisting.

For assistance, please visit our FAQs page


Step 2

When you are ready to submit, click on the ‘Enter Now’ button above. Fill out the fields that are required and upload your Submission and select the category(s) you wish to enter when prompted. Your submission is complete once you have reached the Submission Complete page.

You will receive a confirmation email once your submission has been successfully received.


Before you start your submission, please make sure that your project meets the below criteria. Only entries that meet these criteria will be sent for judging/can be shortlisted.

  • The BMJ Awards are open to UK healthcare teams only and the project needs to be based in the UK
  • Individuals and teams can participate
  • Your project must be clinically led
  • The initiative/project had to be active in 2020
  • Individuals/teams can only enter their project once on ONE category only. If you have an additional project you can enter this into another category of your choosing. 

Where do I submit?

Once you have completed your entry form, submissions can be made here.


What does the submission process include?

The online entry process will take no longer than 20 minutes. You will need to answer ten questions about your project and you will have an opportunity to add supporting documents (there is a limit to the supplementary material that can be uploaded).


How long do I have to make my submission?

You can start the process and come back to complete your submission any time before midnight 21 June 2021, however, we encourage you to start early and get your entries in as soon as possible.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entries are free of charge. An optional Benchmark Report is available for £40 + VAT for all categories except the Outstanding Contribution to Health and Research Paper. If you purchased a Benchmark Report, you will receive this 2 weeks after the BMJ Awards ceremony.


What are the judges looking for?

Judges will be interested in your project’s originality, the impact of the benefit it produced, the number of people experiencing this benefit, how much the project costs, and the potential for the project’s wider application.

Rules for entering

Nominations must be for projects or initiatives from clinically-led teams based in the UK and must be active in 2020.

Teams may enter as many categories as they wish with different projects, but each project must only be entered once.

If you are nominating a third party, you must have informed the nominee of their entry and obtained permission for The BMJ and its contractors to use the information provided in consideration of the BMJ Awards.

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