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Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation professionals

Competition opens on 16 February and closes at midnight on 16 April 2015.

 RCUK and PraxisUnico are working together to deliver a joint competition to reward and recognise knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation professionals who have excelled in enabling and facilitating the achievement of impact from the outcomes of research.

In 2015 it will be the first time that RCUK and PraxisUnico will have worked together to deliver an Impact Award competition for KEC professionals which encompasses all the communities supported by both organisations.

 This Impact Award competition for KEC professionals is replacing the PraxisUnico Impact Awards and the BBSRC Activating Impact competition from 2015 by working across all the communities supported by PraxisUnico and the Research Councils:

This joint RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Award competition will culminate with an award ceremony in London on 15 September 2015.

Updated information regarding the Impact Awards will be available at and at

How to write a good Impact Award entry 

If you work in knowledge exchange & commercialisation (KEC) now is the time to submit your entry to the Impact Awards for KEC Professionals!

The Impact Awards for KEC Professionals recognise the outstanding contribution of  knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and/or commercialisation activities for:

  • Contribution to Business
  • Contribution to Society
  • Outstanding KEC initiative
  • International contribution

If you've got a project you think qualifies for one of these categories, to write a winning entry make sure you can answer these four questions with a resounding "yes" before submission:

  • Have you described how the entrant(s) have made an essential contribution to enable the intellectual assets arising from research to progress towards impact and the delivery of public benefits?
  • Have you described how your approaches to specific KEC delivery added value and contributed to progressing research towards impact?
  • Have you described and documented the extent to which users (businesses, charities and public sector organisations etc...) are, or will be, benefiting from these activities?
  • Have you explained how the £50,000 award money would be used to support future plans in delivering impact through KEC?*

Don't forget these do's and don'ts:


  • Make sure you properly answer the questions above - the weakest entries often aren't clear in their answers
  • Clearly highlight the impact the KEC Team had - what did they contribute to your success? 
  • Tell us why the project is/was important
  • Spell out acronyms
  • Get a colleague to proofread your entry - do they understand what the KEC team contributed and why this was outstanding?
  • Leave yourself enough time to put together a solid entry 
  • Remember each research organisation can submit more than one entry per category providing the projects described are significantly different.


  • Provide excessive contextual information 
  • Pad out the entry  just to meet the word limit
  • Be vague - where possible, give specific figures and details. Don't make the judges second guess what you're trying to say.
  • Forget to stay within the word count 

Entry to the awards is free.

The competition closes for on April 16th – with the Easter holidays on the horizon don't forget to leave enough time to prepare your entry!

If you are ready to submit your entry, or would like further guidance please visit the website or get in touch by emailing 

* Only institutions eligible to receive RCUK funding are entitled to receive the award money. The competition is open to all UK research organisations including UK HEIs, PSREs and institutes in receipt of strategic funding from Research Councils. Overseas research organisations not eligible for RCUK funding can only apply to the International award category.

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