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Impact Awards

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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.