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Celebrating Impact Prize

The ESRC is pleased to launch the 2021 Celebrating Impact Prize. This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-supported researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact. We celebrate social science 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 five competition categories this year:

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

All finalists have a film professionally made about their work and impact, and winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related 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. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an interview, along with non-academic supporters who help describe the impact of the work. Finalists attend a high-profile awards ceremony, where the winners are announced.


  • Applications open: 18 March 2021
  • Applications close: 10 May 2021 at 16:00 UK Time
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates: 20 - 21 July 2021
  • Awards ceremony: November 2021 (date TBC)

Celebrating Impact Prize 2021

Find out more about the Prize and how to apply

What is impact?

Impact helps to demonstrate that social science is important.