Real Impact Awards

Driving the impact agenda

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.

Submit your application

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 (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 will be decided based on the highest scores received.

Stage 2 – The shortlist of entries 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 finalists 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.

Prizes

One overall individual or team/institution winner plus two finalists per category

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 finalist
  • An invitation to a celebration event in 2022
  • 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

Finalist(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 finalist
  • A certificate
  • Additional publicity across global Emerald marketing channels
2020 award-winner

Engaging local communities

Professor Divine Kwaku Ahadzie, Centre for Settlements Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Judges were impressed with the engagement in local communities and activities to reach wider audiences. They said: 'This is an interesting project that shows a good link between research and social need. It includes several effective public engagement activities via co-produced research'.

Application form

How are you driving the impact agenda within your research environment? Have you set up strategies, workflows or structures to bring research impact to the front of the conversation to address unmet needs? How are you engaging with wider teams or communities to embed impact into everything you do?

In order to process your nomination for the driving the impact agenda category, we'll need to know:

  • Your details
  • Details of the nominee (individual or team)
  • Responses to submission questions
  • Marketing consent and opt-ins to social

The closing date for entries is 26 November 2021 and we’ll be in touch with the outcome by 26 February 2022.

Please submit your form in English where possible but applications in your first language are acceptable.

If you have any questions about any of the awards please get in touch at [email protected].

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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.