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Three prizes of £10,000 are being offered to researchers working within the 'digital economy' area to engage wider audiences with stories of the impact of their research in creative, interesting and engaging ways. Deadline noon Wednesday 6 December.

The competition, which is part of the RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is designed to help capture and promote the impact that Research Council funded digital economy research is having. 

The competition has two aims. They want you to:

  • tell stories that describe how your pathway to impact genuinely unfolded, to help the wider research community and public understand how impact really occurs and what benefits have been (or are expected to be) delivered from your Research Council funded research.
  • explain how you will use the prize, to engage the public with your research; to show how the benefits of your research help make a contribution to various challenges and to help address RCUK's equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Activities could include (but are not limited to): video or podcast production, outreach activities to schools, public lecture series, community events, artistic interpretation or specialised media training or attendance at a high profile, nonacademic focused conference.

Project funding will be up to 18 months in duration, starting from April 2018 onwards.

Research Councils UK defines impact as 'the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy'. Impact embraces all the diverse ways that research-related skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom;
  • Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy;
  • Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output.

A key aspect of this definition is that potential impact must be demonstrable.


For full details and to apply visit the website: