NERC 2018 Impact Awards

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We are pleased to invite applications for the NERC 2018 Impact Awards. The awards will celebrate and reward NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society either in the UK or abroad.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London, late 2018. The event will showcase the researchers, their work and the impact of the science that NERC funds.

We invite you to submit under one of the following three categories:

  • Economic Impact Award
    Recognising research that has led to demonstrable economic benefit.

  • Societal Impact Award
    Recognising research that has led to demonstrable social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.

  • Early Career Impact Award
    Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved demonstrable economic and/or societal impact.

The category winner judged to have had the greatest impact will be selected to receive the Overall Impact Award.

The winner of each category will receive £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000, to further the impacts of their research. The Overall Impact Award winner will receive an additional £30,000.

The last round of Impact Awards was held in 2015. View the 2015 Impact Award winners and runners-up.


The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Monday 21 May 2018.

For full details on the categories and eligibility, please see the application guidelines. Please ensure you read these in full before submitting your application.

Impact Awards application guidelines (PDF, 169KB)

Impact Awards application form (Word, 26KB)


If you have any queries relating to the awards or your application, please email .