Real Impact Awards

Shine a light on your research

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

You've told us you're under pressure from funders and policymakers to demonstrate the provable benefits of your research; the Real Impact Awards form part of our commitment to championing research and research practices or processes that can make an impact beyond academia.

In 2019 we introduced the Interdisciplinary Research Fund Award to the mix; a natural extension to the Awards, this award acknowledges the interdisciplinary research projects that promote action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and demonstrate real world impact.

Submissions for 2020 are closed. Look out for the launch of the 2021 Real Impact Awards in September 2021.

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

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 with the global pandemic 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.

Driving the impact agenda

This award celebrates the efforts and commitment to strategically embed impact within a research environment or to drive impact culture.

Mobilising research into action

This award is all about recognising the efforts and commitment being made to meaningfully connect research and action to deliver societal change.

Library commitment to uncovering real impact

This new award recognises the efforts and commitment within the library setting to uncover real impact. 

Interdisciplinary Research Fund Award

This award rewards an innovative research project that promotes action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals/global challenges.

Meet our 2020 Real Impact Award winners

All previous winners and shortlisted entries have had their impact stories celebrated within our Real impact showcase book, which you can view online or download as a PDF.

The book tells the stories of the research community who have committed to impact and are on a journey to make a significant difference to our communities, societies, cities and world at large. This is just one of the ways we wanted to show our appreciation for their outstanding contributions to the research community and beyond.

View the 2020 award winners
Download the showcase book


Get in touch

If you've any questions about any of the awards, please drop us a line. 

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