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Cambridge Global Challenges


The awards will celebrate and reward NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society either in the UK or abroad.

NERC invites submissions under one of the following three categories:

  • Economic Impact Award
    Recognising research that has led to demonstrable economic benefit.

  • Societal Impact Award
    Recognising research that has led to demonstrable social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.

  • Early Career Impact Award
    Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved demonstrable economic and/or societal impact.

The winners will receive £10,000 each to further the impacts of their research.

The category winner judged to have had the greatest impact will be selected to receive the Overall Impact Award of an additional £30,000.


For full details on the categories and eligibility, please see the Impact Awards webpage.

The last round of Impact Awards was held in 2015. View the 2015 Impact Award winners and runners-up.



Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Funding Opportunities

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