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Following the success of this year’s inaugural Awards, entries are now open for the Innovation and Impact Awards 2019. The Awards recognise and reward staff, students and graduates who have broken boundaries with their innovation, collaboration, and impact.

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Entries close at 9am on Monday 12 November 2018.

The three shortlisted finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony and three-course dinner at the Sainsbury Centre on Thursday 31 January 2019. Each finalist will receive a trophy and feature in the Innovation & Impact Awards brochure and subsequent media coverage.

The winner for each category will also receive a design budget towards a promotional film or other marketing venture for their project or enterprise, and will receive support from RIN to create this with an agency.

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Innovation and Impact Award Categories Innovation and Impact Award Categories

Outstanding Impact in Policy and Practice 

This prize recognises Impacts of research and innovation where the beneficiaries may include government, non-governmental organisations, charities and public sector organisation and society, either as a whole or groups of individuals in society. It could include changes in professional guidance or training, direct changes in policy (or the prevention of change), the way in which options and/or evidence are viewed or evaluated by policy makers or increased efficiency in services.


Outstanding Commercialisation of Technology

This prize will recognise the outstanding use and exploitation of technology. As well as recognising for-profit business and consultancy, this category also recognises social enterprises that can demonstrate community based innovations. Impacts could include direct contribution to an individual business, sector or group of enterprises, economic growth, and innovation or change in management practices/structures or through the growth and utilisation of new skills. Impact could be achieved through any of the following means:
- Research collaborations funded by industry or social enterprises
- Commercial licensing of intellectual property to industry
- Creation of a start-up company to exploit the intellectual property
(Please note: Any ‘commercial in confidence’ material in the application should be marked as such.) 


Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact

This award recognises the significant contribution of research and innovation to a specific group, wider society or cultural institution, promoting awareness and tolerance. This category could include media coverage associated with demonstrable changes in public perception or prompting debate, increased turnover for a cultural institution or sector in relation to a research-led event, or a change in creative or curatorial practice resulting from a research-led exercise or exhibition; or public engagement activity


Outstanding Impact in Health, Wellbeing and Welfare

This prize recognises Impacts of research or innovations where the beneficiaries are individuals and groups whose quality of life has been enhanced (or potential harm mitigated). This could include a change in practice or guidance that can be traced to real-world improvements in outcomes, reduction in costs or a change in behaviour at a local, national or international scale. Where possible, impact should be quantified in financial, survival or similar terms.


Award for Student or Graduate Innovation and Enterprise 

This prize recognises an outstanding student innovation or enterprise venture that originated at UEA. This prize will recognise both business and social enterprise. The applicant leading the project must be a current student or have graduated from UEA within the last three years

Consultancy Project of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding consultancy project that can clearly demonstrate a commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia

SME Collaboration of the Year

This award recognises UEA staff who have made a collaboration/collaborations with an SME that has resulted in an outstanding commercial, social, health or cultural impact beyond academia.


In addition, the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account Award will be selected by the judging panel from all entries to the impact and commercialisation categories.