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ESRC Launches 2017 Celebrating Impact Prize

October 26, 2016 1031

ESRC Celebrating Impact logoBritain’s Economic and Social Research Council, or ESRC, today launched the 2017 Celebrating Impact Prize, six awards which recognize ESRC-affiliated researchers and other ESRC associates who have had outstanding economic or societal impact. This is the fifth year the ESRC is handing out the award, and it will be accepting applications until December 1.

In the context of the prize, the ESRC defines impact thusly:

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.

This year there are six categories for the Celebrating Impact Prize:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy
  • Outstanding Impact in Society
  • Outstanding International Impact
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact (in partnership with SAGE Publishing)
  • Impact Champion

Each winner receives £10,000.

Applications are welcome from individuals or teams detailing the outstanding impact of their research, knowledge exchange or impact generating activities. The competition is open to all researchers supported by the ESRC and associates (i.e. individuals and organizations other than universities that are carrying out strategic commissioned work for the ESRC). The Impact Champion category is open to researchers and non-researchers who are associated with the ESRC.

Applications will be assessed through peer review by academics, engagement and knowledge exchange experts and research users. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an interview and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony.

Previously unsuccessful applicants or successful applicants may resubmit applications using a new application form and updated information.

For more information, or to apply, click HERE.


The Economic and Social Research council, or ESRC, is the UK's largest organization for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. The ESRC is a non-departmental public body established by Royal Charter in 1965 and receive most of its funding through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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