ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Now in its fourth year, the Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic and societal impacts. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, interdisciplinary projects, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact.

  • Open to all ESRC projects - excluding previously winning projects

  • Previously unsuccessful entrants welcome to resubmit

  • Prior winners may also submit new research impacts

  • Streamlined application process

  • £60,000 total prize money available

Interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcomed, as are those involving the use of big data resources or infrastructure, and impacts from institutions submitting for the first time. 

The 2016 Celebrating Impact Prize has six categories, each representing areas covered by the ESRC; with sole winners in each category receiving £10,000 to further support their research or further impact activities.

In addition to the cash value of the prize, winners are invited to attend a prestigious ceremony held in June 2016 and to join a community of world-leading researchers and policy makers collectively championing the vital role research plays in shaping society and tackling global challenges.

The call for applicants closes Friday 29th January 2016 at 3pm.

Interested parties should read the following information, and submit their work for consideration via the ESRC forms on impact prize page.

Information on previous Winners, their research, impact case studies, FAQs and the event may be found here.

For further information please contact:

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize team

Ed Vollans, Impact Prize Communications Officer

Susie Watts, Deputy Head of Communications


Telephone: 01793 414697