To mark its 50th anniversary, NERC launched its inaugural Impact Awards.
The awards recognised and rewarded NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society. The awards culminated in a prize-giving ceremony in London, showcasing the researchers, their work and the impact of the science that NERC funds.
There were four award categories:
Economic Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic benefit.
Societal Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.
International Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact outside the UK.
Early Career Impact Award
Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact within the UK or internationally.
A winner from one of the four categories was selected to receive the Overall Impact Award, in recognition of the outstanding impact of their research.
The winner of each category received £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000, to further the impacts of their research. The Overall Impact Award winner received an additional £30,000.
View the Impact Award 2015 winners and runners-up.