Real Impact

Driving the impact agenda

Award status: Open
Submission deadline: 30 January 2023

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

Entries to this award should focus on how you are driving the impact agenda within your research environment. Maybe you have set up strategies, workflows or structures to bring research impact to the front of the conversation to address unmet needs? Or you have engaged with wider teams, communities or developed new partnerships to embed impact into everything you do.

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Early career researcher recognition

Are you an early career researcher with an appetite to change longstanding traditions or challenge the status quo in driving the impact agenda? If so, this recognition award is specifically for you.

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Submission form questions

  1. The background
    Briefly explain why you or your team are committed to driving the impact agenda within your research environment (max 200 words)
  2. The project
    Outline what needed to change and why to embed impact into your research environment and/or drive an impact culture (max 500 words)
  3. The implementation
    Explain your approach and why it is innovative and meets the unmet needs specific to your research environment (max 200 words)

Judging process

The judging process for this award will be completed in two parts.

Stage 1 - All eligible entries will be shared with the allocated judges for this category and scored based on the criteria below. A shortlist of entries (finalists) will be decided based on the highest scores received. All judging is anonymous and only your written entry and career stage are shared with the judging panel.

Stage 2 – The finalists have the opportunity to provide further information and evidence based on the judges feedback. There will be a second judging session where all additional information and scorecard from the first round will be discussed and from this a winner and two highly commended entries will be decided.

Judging criteria

Clarity: How clearly has the nominee(s) explained their commitment and approach to driving the impact agenda through their entry?* (10 points)

Focus: How well has the need for change, and the tangible benefits as a result of these changes, been explained?* (20 points)

Innovation: How innovative is their approach to embedding impact or influencing an impact culture within their research setting?* (10 points)

*Submissions will also be judged on how clear the entries are written, and how engaging and free from jargon they are for a non-specialist audience.


One overall individual or team/institution winner plus two highly commended

Winner(s) will receive:

  • Their impact commitment celebrated through a case study written by our specialist editors; each case study will form part of our Real Impact Awards Showcase publication, a copy of which will be provided to each winner and highly commended entry
  • An invitation to a celebration event in 2023
  • A certificate and physical award
  • Inclusion in a global social campaign once the Showcase Book has been finalised, which will put the spotlight on each of the winner’s stories and their commitment to impact
  • The opportunity to publish their research via a relevant channel

Highly commended will receive:

  • Their impact commitment celebrated through a case study written by our specialist editors; each case study will form part of our Real Impact Awards Showcase publication, a copy of which will be provided to each winner and highly commended
  • A certificate
  • Additional publicity across global Emerald marketing channels

2021 award winner

Levente Szasz photo  Ottó Csíki photo  Bálint Zsolt Nagy photo  Béla-Gergely Rácz photo  Csaba Bálint photo  Dénes Csala photo

Left to right: Professor Levente Szasz, Ottó Csíki, Bálint Zsolt Nagy, Béla-Gergely Rácz, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania  |  Csaba Bálint, National Bank of Romania and Babes-Bolyai University, Romania  |  Dénes Csala, Lancaster University, UK, and Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Romanian Economic Monitor, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Misinformation and fake news were common problems during the coronavirus pandemic. In Romania, these challenges kept reappearing with increasing intensity as newer waves of the COVID virus hit the region.

Several researchers from Romania's Babeș-Bolyai University recognised an urgent need for accurate information to reach decision-makers quickly and effectively.

Combining cutting-edge data visualisation techniques with economic analysis and forecasting tools, the team developed a daily-updated online portal and social media interface named the Romanian Economic Monitor.

Read the full case study

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Driving the impact agenda

When you are ready to submit your entry to be considered for this award, please fill out this form.

The closing date for entries is January 30 2023.

A member of the Emerald team will be in contact with you by 21 April 2023 to let you know if your submission has been shortlisted by our judges and to request additional information to support your application for stage two of the submission process.

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Your details & the nomination type

Please tell us a bit about you, and let us know the type of nomination you'd like to submit. Note: if you're self-nominating, we'll ask for full details later on.