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NCRM 20th Anniversary Impact Prize

The NCRM 20th Anniversary Impact Prize was launched in spring 2024 as part of a series of initiatives marking 20 years of NCRM. The competition was open to anyone who had participated in NCRM training, used our resources, taken part in one of our initiatives, events or networks, or been in receipt of NCRM funding, since the centre was founded in 2004.

Applications are now closed. The winners will be announced in September 2024. Details on the application process are available below. The information on this page can also be downloaded as a PDF.


The aim of the competition is to recognise, celebrate and showcase the short- and longer-term impacts of researchers who have been involved with NCRM at any point in the last 20 years. We are offering a first prize of up to £2,000, with a further £2,500 to be shared between (up to) five finalists.

To enter, we asked researchers tell us about the impact of their involvement with NCRM. By impact, we mean the marked or strong, positive effect that NCRM’s research methods training, activities, resources or support have had on a person's knowledge and skills, their use of research methods, and their application of these skills and methods in their work and research. We are particularly interested in finding out about who has benefited from researchers' involvement with NCRM and how they have benefited.

Application process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel assembled by NCRM. The winner and finalists will be informed by the end of July 2024 at the latest, and a public announcement will be made on the NCRM website and social media channels shortly after.

The overall winner will be invited to a formal prize giving event at MethodsCon in Manchester on 13 September 2024 (we will pay for travel and one night’s accommodation, and attendance at MethodsCon for the day). We will also run a feature on the winner and the finalists in our monthly newsletter and on our website.

Who we invited to apply

Applicants must demonstrate a relationship between their experience with NCRM and the impacts that have been generated (see guidelines and the application form for the type of impacts that we are looking for).

We encourage applications from people working in all sectors, including the academic, public, healthcare, government, voluntary/community and private sectors, and from people who are no longer in employment. You can apply as an individual or as a group/team. Applicants can be based in the UK, or overseas, and can be at any stage of their career or education.

If you submitted an unsuccessful NCRM Impact Prize application in 2023, you may only re submit your application if your impact achievements have substantially changed since the previous application (or you have realised that you did not fully describe the impacts you achieved). A new form with updated information must be submitted.

Winners and finalists from the 2023 competition may submit new applications, provided these are substantially different from the previous successful application. New applications should describe entirely new impacts or focus on a different NCRM activity from that highlighted previously.

Please note, this prize is not open to NCRM staff, people working in NCRM centre partner roles or members of our independent advisory board.

Read the application form

Further information

If you have any queries, please email us on: impact@ncrm.ac.uk