ESRC-funded researchers invited to apply for Celebrating Impact Prize

Article dated: 24 October 2013

It is time to apply for the second annual ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize, set to be awarded in June 2014.

The prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and/or societal impacts. This year, applications are welcome from any current or previously ESRC-funded projects, including those funded before 2008.

Economic and societal impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent social and economic research makes to society and the economy, of benefit to individuals, organisations and national and international communities.

Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that research-related skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations. These include:

  • fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom
  • increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy
  • enhancing quality of life, health and creative output

Researchers are invited to apply for Celebrating Impact prizes in six categories:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business - research which has generated business impact through successful knowledge exchange and engagement
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy - research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy, at the local, regional or national government level
  • Outstanding Impact in Society - research that has made a contribution benefitting society more widely or a specific group of the public
  • Outstanding International Impact - research that has achieved impact at an international level in business, policy or societal issues
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact - student researchers who have achieved or show potential in achieving outstanding impacts in any of the above categories
  • Impact Champion of the Year - a nominated individual who has a significant personal track record in knowledge exchange and supporting and enabling impact

The 2014 prize ceremony will take place in London during the week of 2 June 2014. A prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winners of each category, with a further £10,000 for the department with the Impact Champion of the Year. In addition, a prize of £5000 will be awarded to the runners up in each category.

The application deadline is 22 November 2013.


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