ESRC announces finalists for prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize

19 Oct 2021 02:13 PM

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce the finalists for its Celebrating Impact Prize 2021.

Business people applauding at awards ceremony

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The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize, now in its ninth year, is an annual opportunity to celebrate the success of ESRC-funded researchers. It celebrates achievements in enabling outstanding economic or societal impact from excellent research.

Entrants’ applications were reviewed by a panel of academics, engagement and knowledge exchange experts, and research users. Shortlisted applicants were invited to an interview, along with non-academic supporters who helped describe the impact of the work. All finalists have been invited to an awards ceremony on 18 November 2021 when the winners will be announced.

Celebrating collaboration in research

ESRC’s interim Executive Chair, Professor Alison Park, yesterday said:

The Economic and Social Research Council’s Celebrating Impact Prize competition is an excellent opportunity to recognise the UK’s world-leading economists and social scientists and highlight how their work makes a difference to people and organisations within in the UK and in other countries.

The important contribution being made by the social sciences to helping communities and businesses navigate the pandemic features prominently among the finalists, but others highlight insights focused on enduring issues including education, sustainability and health. I was delighted to see so many research teams feature among the finalists, celebrating the vital role of collaboration and team working within research.

The impacts of all the finalists are impressive and far-reaching. I’m very proud that the Economic and Social Research Council has funded this work, and that we can fully recognise it through our prestigious Celebrating Impact Prize.

Full list of finalists

The finalists are:

Team application: Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME)

Dr Rebecca Windemer, Cardiff University

Dr Emily Marchant, Swansea University

Team application: Refugee Studies Centre

Team application: COVID-19 Emergency Parenting Response Team

Team application: Cardiff University

Team application: Decision Maker Panel

Team application: Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity @ COMPAS

Team application: Improbable Dialogues

All finalists will have a film professionally made about their work and its impact. Winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other communications activities.

View the full list of previous years’ winners on the ESRC website.

Register on Eventbrite for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize virtual awards ceremony on 18 November.

Further information

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2021 judging panel