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The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and preparing the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises.

Awards are presented at the MPLS Winter Reception, with a pay award of £1,000 (minus taxes) made to the individual. 

In 2019-20 there are four categories of award:

  1. Commercial Impact: To recognise researchers at any career stage for research that has had significant commercial/economic impact since 1 August 2015.
  2. Social Impact: To recognise researchers at any career stage for research that has had significant social impact since 1 August 2015.
  3. Early Career Impact: To recognise Early Career Researchers’ independent engagement with external organisations or end-users, as laying the foundations for future impactful research in social or commercial category.
  4. Public Engagement with Research Impact: To recognise researchers at any career stage who have achieved significant impact since 1 August 2015 through high-quality public engagement with research activities. 

Eligibility

MPLS Impact Awards are open to all researchers in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division. Researchers who have submitted an application for a Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Award/Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award, or who have been highly commended can be nominated. However, projects/researchers that have received either a Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Award or a Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award are not eligible to be nominated for an MPLS Impact Award for the same project, in a similar or related category, unless demonstrably significant progress has been made. Nominations of large research programme teams/consortia are not eligible, however their researchers can be nominated for their individual achievements.

The deadline for the 2019-20 awards is 12 noon on Monday 9 December 2019. Any queries should be directed to Dr Anuj Bhatt (Impact and Innovation Officer, MPLS) at research@mpls.ox.ac.uk.

Download MPLS Impact Awards guidance

Download: MPLS Impact Awards Nomination Form

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Link to table MPLS Impact Awards winners

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