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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the UK Research and Innovation digital economy theme, invites submissions for its digital economy telling tales of engagement competition, which aims capture the wider impact of digital economy research and to provide researchers with the opportunity to tell their story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

The Digital Economy (DE) Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote impact arising from existing DE research grants supported by one of the UKRI DE Theme partner councils: EPSRC, ESRC or AHRC.

Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers or users in any sector to further tell the story of their previously funded DE research grant impact in an interesting and engaging way. Applicants must demonstrate tangible impact, and plans for successful public engagement in the context of COVID-19.

The Telling Tales of Engagement (TTE) 2020 competition has three aims:

  1. To capture the impact and benefits that DE Theme-funded research is having, how this impact unfolded and what benefits to society and the economy have been, or are expected to be, delivered through your research, particularly highlighting any impacts that are relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. To help the wider research community learn examples of best practice in research and project partner engagement from your experiences;
  3. To engage the public with DE research, focusing on ensuring audiences are diverse and activities are inclusive, and finding innovative ways to involve the public in the context of COVID-19 restrictions, while helping to address UKRI’s equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Applications are open to teams as well as individuals, across all career stages in academia (including PhD students), industry, users and the third sector. Only one application for a TTE award is accepted per eligible DE research grant.

To apply, complete the SmartSurvey by 16:00, 21 December 2020.


Read full details of the call on EPSRC's website


If you would like guidance or advice on an application, please get in touch.