Celebrating the changemakers in the impact debate

Entries now closed

Entries to the Real Impact Awards are now closed
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their commitment to impact story. Judging will take place on Wednesday 23 October 2019 and all shortlisted entries will be announced shortly after. Good luck!

The Real Impact Awards celebrate the commitment to impact by the research community across the globe.

Impact is the provable effects of research in the real world. It is far more than citations. It is the changes we can see beyond academia which happen because of our research.

Real Impact sits at the heart of our business. Our core ethos is making a difference through research, and we are proud of our heritage supporting the communication of research for policy and practice.

We recognise the importance of impact beyond citations and champion the pursuit of meaningful impact. We seek to celebrate those that place impact at the top of their agenda and work in collaboration with others to achieve their goals.

The Real Impact Awards aim to:

  • Raise the profile of those that have placed real impact at the top of their agenda
  • Recognise innovative approaches to impact
  • Celebrate interdisciplinary research
  • Close the loop between research and practice
  • Tell the real impact success stories and showcase those driving the debate

A research grant of £10,000 is available!

Open for entries until 20 December 2019


2019 Award Categories

For the Real Impact Awards 2019 we will celebrate impact commitment across three categories. Entries are welcomed from all stakeholders in impact and from all disciplines.

Driving the impact agenda

This award recognises efforts to establish or embed impact within a research environment, to innovate existing practice, or to drive impact culture.

Nomination now closed

Mobilising research into action

This award recognises efforts to connect meaningfully with non-academic partners, to drive research into practice and generate real change.

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Developing a focus on lifecycle approaches to impact

This award recognises efforts to connect impact activities, people and strategies along the lifetime of a research project, embedding impact from inception to completion and beyond.

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Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome nominations from all stakeholders in impact across the globe.

  • All nominees must be able to demonstrate their impact commitment in their chosen category and tell the story of this commitment through their entry.

  • Nominations closed at 23:59GMT on 30th September 2019.

  • Any self-nominations must include a minimum one referee in support of the nomination.

  • Judges will consider factors such as how innovative any initiatives are, how they are meeting otherwise unmet needs, and how their activities build more meaningful approaches to impact.

  • If you have any questions regarding the Real Impact Awards, please contact [email protected]

The Judges

The Real Impact Awards 2019 will be judged by the Emerald Impact Council, alongside Vicky Williams, CEO of Emerald Publishing.

Our judges outline below what they will be looking for as they review your nominations.

“I’m looking to recognise research institutions, teams and individual researchers who are either involved in research that is having a demonstrable, proven impact on the real world, or who are seeking to build research capability and capacity to enable this to happen. I want to celebrate those who are creating change – new ways of working, new partnerships, new structures and incentives – with societal impact at their core.”

Vicky Williams
CEO, Emerald Publishing

“No matter whether your work is system based, looking at new evaluation tools or aimed at cultural change, the heart of impact is the people it intends to serve. Not involving the key stakeholders including the appropriate public cohort just creates another dry 'dashboard'. The best impact work is inclusive and generous in that inclusivity”

Mark Taylor
Head of Impact for NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

“We are looking for sustained commitment to making impact in industrial practice. A commitment that goes beyond a single project, single product or single researcher. At the same time we’re very keen on finding simplicity in the collaboration, as simplicity enables innovation and inspires to action.”

Wilhelm Meding
Quality Manager, Ericsson

Miroslaw Staron
Professor, University of Gothenburg

The Prize

As with the 2018 awards, all shortlisted and winning entries will be featured in the Real Impact Awards Showcase book. This includes a case study, telling the story of impact commitment, written by Emerald Editors. Read the 2018 showcase book here.

Winners will also be invited to attend a celebratory event at the end of 2019, at which they will be awarded with a certificate, trophy and their copy of the showcase book.

All winners will also benefit from publicity across Emerald publishing channels.

Real Impact Awards 2018 Celebration

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