The ESRC is pleased to launch the 2019 Celebrating Impact Prize. The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the success of ESRC-funded researchers in achieving and enabling outstanding economic and/or social impact from excellent social science research. There are six categories for the Celebrating Impact Prize:

  • Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact
  • Outstanding Public Policy Impact
  • Outstanding Societal Impact
  • Outstanding International Impact
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact
  • Impact Champion

Applications are welcome from individuals or teams detailing the outstanding impact of their research, knowledge exchange or impact generating activities.

ESRC Executive Chair, Professor Jennifer Rubin said: “This a fantastic opportunity for social scientists to be recognised for the impact their work makes. Previous winners have produced excellent work across a breadth of topics. I have no doubt that this year we will see a diverse range of entrants from across the social sciences.”

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 communications activities. To apply, researchers (individually or in a team) complete an online form setting out their impact activities and achievements. This is reviewed by academics, engagement and knowledge exchange experts and research users, and shortlisted applicants are invited to an interview, along with non-academic supporters who help describe the impact of their work. Finalists attend a high profile awards ceremony, where the winners are announced.

The 2019 Prize is now open for applications and the application deadline is 16:00 on 8 January 2019.