Real Impact
Awards

Are you a ground-breaker in research impact?

Now in their fifth year, the Real Impact Awards celebrate those in the research community who go above and beyond to make a difference.

We understand the challenges you face to overcome barriers to impact. Simplistic and outdated approaches often dictate the research ecosystem, hindering academics from doing things differently. The pandemic continues to impact our way of life and the world we live in, so it’s more important than ever that we help to drive change and support the research community in helping to solve global and local issues. 

This is why we are committed to championing research and research practices or processes that can make an impact beyond academia. We want to highlight and reward examples of research that is driving real change – which is why the Real Impact Awards exist – to give you the opportunity to show you are leading the way in making a real difference.

The aim of the awards

  • Raise the profile of individuals, teams and institutions that are committed to real impact through their research
  • Recognise innovative approaches to achieving real impact
  • Bridge the gap between research and practice by celebrating truly collaborative ways of working
  • Tell the real impact success stories and celebrate those driving the debate

What do we mean by real impact?

We refer to impact as the provable effects of research in the real world. It's not judged by traditional methods – such as citations – simply appraised by factors we can see and feel in wider society.

Impact emerges differently across various disciplines, but ultimately it is about connecting academic research to the world around us.

Award categories


All the categories celebrate either the commitment or approaches to achieving real impact. So, whether you are developing a strategy to embed impact, have mobilised research to help address Equality, Diversity and Inclusion or completed an interdisciplinary research project that promotes action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we want to hear your story. Take a look at each of the different categories below.

Meet our 2021 Real Impact Award winners

To recognise all the winners and highly commended entries, each of their stories are celebrated in our annual Real Impact Showcase Book.

This book tells the stories of their commitment to making a significant difference to our communities, societies, cities, and the world at large. This is just one of the ways of showing our appreciation for their outstanding contributions to the research community and beyond.

Read the 2021 stories
Download showcase book

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