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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 future REF and similar exercises. We welcome nomination of researchers at all career stages. There is a category for Public Engagement with Research.

These awards are presented at a MPLS event (details to be confirmed), with a pay award of £1,000 (minus taxes) made to the individual. 


There are four award categories, including one for Public Engagement with Research, to recognise researchers at any career stage who have achieved significant impact since 1 August 2017 through high-quality public engagement with research activities.

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 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, or a commendation for either, 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. 

The deadline for applying to the 2021-22 awards is Friday, 29 April 2022. Any queries should be directed to Anuj Bhatt (Impact and Innovation Officer, MPLS) at

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