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The University runs two sets of parallel awards to recognise achievements in the areas of Impact and Public Engagement with Research.


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The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards were established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact beyond academia. For the purpose of the Awards, the broad field of ‘impact’ is understood as:

"An effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia."


Nominations are welcome from research staff across the University. The underlying research must have been undertaken by at least one researcher (post-doctoral researcher or academic) employed by the University of Cambridge at the time the research was conducted. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply; research conducted jointly by research staff and postgraduate students is eligible, but the research staff must be the named nominee(s).

Those eligible for awards may self-nominate or can be nominated by someone else.

Impact Awards will initially be judged by School, with one prize of £1,000 being awarded to the best impact in each School. The overall best impact award will be given to the best of these School winners, and the prize for this award will be increased to £2,000.


Read about the 2017 Impact Award winners.

Read about the 2016 Impact Award winners.


If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Swain on



Public Engagement with Research Awards

Do you dedicate your time and expertise to public engagement with research here at the University of Cambridge? Have you undertaken an innovative project, brought research to a new audience, worked creatively or collaboratively to raise the profile or impact of research? Then get your contribution recognised by the Vice-Chancellor and receive a £1000 prize.

We are looking for researchers and staff across all six academic Schools at the University, from every career stage, to submit an application. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply with revised applications.

To be eligible for an award the public engagement undertaken must:

  • Be underpinned by contemporary research
  • Involve elements of dialogue and two-way exchange
  • Engage people and organisations from beyond academia


Read about the Public Engagement with Research Awards.

Watch short films of our 2016 winners.


If you have any questions, please contact Michal Filus on


The Awards are supported by the University’s RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund