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ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2019 competition is now open

14 November 2018

The Celebrating Impact Prize is ESRC’s annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who’ve created or enabled outstanding impact from social science research. We celebrate researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.

The Prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students, and there are six Prize categories: Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact; Outstanding Public Policy Impact; Outstanding Societal Impact; Outstanding International Impact; Outstanding Early Career Impact; Impact Champion. All finalists have a film professionally made about their work and its impact, and winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related activities. Winners tell us there are many benefits to taking part:

 “It is a great opportunity to highlight the issues you are working on”

“Every single stage of the process has been beneficial to me”

“Now that I have won this prize, I feel it has legitimised the time that I have spent on impact activities and also allows me to continue making societal impact a key priority”

“My credibility as a researcher has increased”

“The Award money accompanying the prize has helped me extend the reach of my research”

The 2019 Prize is now open to applications – the deadline is 16:00 Tuesday 8 January 2019. 

Further information

 Full details about the Prize and the 2019 competition are available at and you can contact the Prize team at

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