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If are, or you know someone, at any career stage, who has done high quality public engagement with research, this is your chance to nominate them for this award. Don't be shy! If you would like to discuss at all for guidance re the public engagement category, please get in touch. You can see last year's awardees here.

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 societal 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.

The Panel will be looking at MPLS Impact Award applications for clear evidence:

  • that impact has been achieved (or is likely to be realised in future – for ECR and PER categories), and is underpinned by research;
  • of the significance/scale of the impact – such as the importance or magnitude of change/benefit;
  • of the reach of the impact – such as extent or range of people or organisations to benefit.

Full details and nomination