ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize



This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-supported researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact.

We celebrate social science researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.

The prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students. There are 5 competition categories this year:

  • outstanding business and enterprise impact
  • outstanding early career impact
  • outstanding international impact
  • outstanding public policy impact
  • outstanding societal impact

The finalists in all categories will have an opportunity to attend media training and have a film professionally made about their work and impact.

Winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related activities. Winners are announced at a high-profile awards ceremony.


Full guidance on eligibility, closing dates, how to apply to the call and assessment criteria are in the call documents. The timetable is:

  • applications open: 5 December 2023
  • applications close: 22 February 2024 at 4:00pm UK time (Greenwich Mean Time)
  • interviews for shortlisted candidates: 20 to 22 May 2024
  • media training for finalists: week commencing 1 and 8 July 2024
  • awards ceremony: November 2024

Please note that this timetable is provisional and is subject to minor change.

Enquiries about this opportunity can be sent to

Last updated: 5 December 2023

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