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ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize now open

(26 March 2021)

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. 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 and 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.

Previous winners have highlighted the many benefits of taking part in the Celebrating Impact Prize:

• “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”

Key dates

• 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)

For further details, including application guidelines, please visit

For any enquiries please contact On Twitter please search for: #impactprize

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