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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 2018-19 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 2014.
  2. Social Impact: To recognise researchers at any career stage for research that has had significant social impact since 1 August 2014.
  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 2014 through high-quality public engagement with research activities.

Eligibility

MPLS Impact Awards are open to all researchers in Mathematical, Physics 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 a Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Award/Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award are not eligible to be nominated for an MPLS Impact Award for the same project unless demonstrably significant progress has been made.

The deadline for the 2018-19 awards is 12 noon on Tuesday 8 January 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

News story about the 2018 MPLS Impact Award winners

News story about the 2017 MPLS Impact Award winners