MRC Impact Prize


About the MRC Impact Prize

The MRC Impact Prize launched in 2022 to recognise individuals or teams who have made outstanding contributions in medical research. The prize rewards impacts in the following three areas.

Open Science Impact

This prize is open to individuals and teams at any stage in their careers and is awarded for outstanding contributions to advancing open science in medical research.

Outstanding Team Impact

Open to teams at any stage in their careers, this prize celebrates an inspiring and successful team of individuals whose collaborative team science approach has made an outstanding contribution in medical research.

Early Career Impact

This prize is open to individuals and teams in the early stages of their careers. It recognises early career researchers who have pioneered new approaches to enable and support research and the research community.

Nomination opening and closing dates

Employers at higher education institutions (HEIs), independent research organisations (IROs), or other organisations who have previously received or are eligible to receive UKRI funding are invited to submit nominations which must be endorsed by a member of the institution’s senior management team. For example, at a minimum level of the:

  • Dean or Head of School for HEIs
  • Director or Head of Research for IROs, or equivalent for other organisations.

All three prizes are open for nominations from 23 May 2022 for 10 weeks.

Nominations close on 29 July 2022 at 17:00.

The MRC Prize Committee will review nominations and select the winning entries for each prize.

Winning entries for each of the three prizes will receive a financial award of up to £20,000 which must be put towards at least one of the following:

  • furthering the learning and development of the nominee or nominees
  • enabling wider dissemination of the impact.

Shortlisted entries will be announced in December 2022.

Winners will be announced at a dedicated MRC awards ceremony in spring 2023.

Last updated: 23 May 2022

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