So You Want To Be A Scientist? Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Entry

This search ("the search") is being run in connection with Material World on BBC Radio 4 ("the Programme").

The information given by persons submitting an entry form (Applicant or you) may be published on air or on line at the BBC's discretion.


All Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom and aged 16 or over as at 28 February 2010. Employees of the BBC or their close relatives (including a live-in partner) are not eligible to take part. In addition the right is reserved to disqualify anyone with an un-spent criminal conviction (other than minor driving offences).

Applicants should not currently (or in the past five years) have worked in, or be otherwise professionally involved with, any scientific establishment or generally employed in the field of science. In addition anyone who currently is a science student (full or part time) in higher education is not eligible to take part. If you have any queries as to whether you are eligible you can contact us before entering. The BBC reserves the right to accept or reject Applicants at its absolute discretion.

Documentary evidence to prove, age, residency or other aspects of eligibility may be requested at any time.

Applications from disabled people are welcomed and encouraged. The BBC will endeavour to meet any access needs for such disabled Applicants.

Selection process

Applicants agree to take part in the search selection process, training and the Programme itself, including promotion and publicity for the programme at the BBC's request. It will also include participation in any content made as a derivative of the Programme.

Applicants agree to abide by the rules, regulations, terms and conditions of these Rules which may be varied from time to time by the BBC at its absolute discretion. The selection process period is expected to run from 15th November to mid-December 2011.

Applicants selected for the second stage or subsequent stages of any process may be asked to undertake not to be involved in programmes similar to the Programme for any United Kingdom broadcaster other than the BBC prior to broadcast of all episodes of the Programme in the United Kingdom without the BBC's prior written consent.

Closing date

The online entry form will be available from 26th September 2011 to 15th November 2011 and entries must be received by 11.59pm on 15th November 2011. The BBC may extend the closing date if it wishes. Late entries will not be accepted.


Applicants warrant that they have truthfully and accurately completed the Programme entry form and acknowledge and agree that the BBC may in its sole discretion disqualify an Applicant from any interview, any part of the selection process or the Programme itself at any time and at any stage if an Applicant supplies or has supplied any untruthful, inaccurate or misleading details and/or information and/or otherwise in breach of any of the Rules.

The online entry form will be available from 26th September 2011 to 15th November 2011 and entries must be received by 11.59pm on 15th November 2011.

Up to two applications are permitted per Applicant. An Applicant will however only be able to be selected for one of their submitted applications. The BBC reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason at its absolute discretion.

No entries will be returned and shall become the property of the BBC on submission. Each Applicant is advised to retain a copy if appropriate.

Participation in the search by Applicants is done at their own risk. Attendance by Applicants at any interview or other event at which they are required to attend by the BBC and travel to and from any such events is at the Applicant's own risk and the BBC accepts no responsibility or liability in this regard.

Entries are made at an Applicant's own expense and the BBC shall not be liable to reimburse any expenses incurred in making an entry or in attending any associated event or interview. Entries must not contain defamatory or obscene material.

Unless specifically stated unsuccessful Applicants in any stage will not be contacted by the BBC due to the large number of entries anticipated.

The BBC shall not be obliged to make use of any entry.

Commitment and selection of winner

There will be several judging processes leading to the selection of up to four Applicants to undertake their scientific research projects for a period of six months approximately between January 2012 and July 2012. The dates are subject to change. The final four Applicants will be required to appear before judges and in public at a Science festival in person to talk about and answer questions on their project.

The Applicants will be expected to conduct their research in their own time at their own expense. Reasonable travel expenses incurred for attending recordings at the BBC's request will be reimbursed by the BBC, subject to prior agreement. Extensions of time limits will not be permitted unless exceptional reasons exist and then it will be entirely at the discretion of the BBC. Each of the four Applicants will have a mentor who will help from time to time with the research project and who may be identified as co-author of any research and any article or publication put forward by the BBC as part of the prize.

Further details will be given when the four Applicants have been selected. At the end of the six-month period one Applicant will be selected to be the winner. There is no formal prize but the winner will be expected to talk about the project in the Programme and possibly also other scientific events. The BBC will not be responsible for any financial logistical or related issues regarding the selection of an Applicant to carry out their research project and Applicants must be prepared to commit a great deal of their own time to the project if selected.

Content of entries

Applicants must submit only their own original work in the form of a written statement detailing what research project they wish to carry out together with why they want to do it and how they would conduct their research within the relevant number of words stated in the application form. The entries should be about research and not about inventions.

The entries and any subsequent article, presentation or publications provided by the Applicant ("the Works") must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party. The entry and the Works should not focus on third party brands and the BBC reserves the right to reject any entry or remove any Works on this basis.

By applying each Applicant grants the BBC the right to use or reproduce their entry and the Works or part thereof on the website for the search, in the Programme itself and/or any related publicity materials in all media. The right granted by the Applicant is royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive and may be sub-licensed by the BBC for the purposes of producing or promoting the website for the search and the Programme itself. By submitting the application each Applicant grants the above right to the BBC for the full duration of any copyright the Applicant has in that respect. In submitting an entry each Applicant warrants that he/she owns all intellectual property rights in that entry necessary to grant the BBC the right described above.

The Applicant must be the sole author of their entry and apart from any input provided by a mentor who is assigned to the Applicant, the Applicant will be the sole author of the Works. Applicants permit the BBC to edit any materials supplied by them in support of their application, in any way it may in its sole discretion consider necessary for the purposes of use in the search and the Programme.

By submitting an entry, Applicants waive in favour of the BBC, and those authorised by either of them any so-called "moral rights" they may have in relation to an entry.

No publicity

Each Applicant warrants and agrees that he/she shall not be entitled to undertake any press, publicity or other discussions with any third party in connection with this search without the consent of the BBC.


The decisions of the judges are final. Neither correspondence nor discussion concerning any decision shall be entered into.

The BBC reserves the right to alter or amend or cancel any aspect of this search or any of the rules or procedures at any time at its absolute discretion.

The right is reserved to reject any entries that are illegible, arrive late or are sent in by an ineligible Applicant. The BBC reserves the right to replace at its discretion any Applicant who for any reasons fails or is disqualified from or unable to participate in the search at any stage with another replacement Applicant notwithstanding that such replacement may have been previously eliminated from the search.

The prize must be taken as stated. It is non-transferable and there is no cash substitute.

The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this search, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. The name and home town of winners may be published by the BBC.

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The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

This search is administered by the BBC and is subject to the law of England and Wales.

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