MRC Impact Prize


Outstanding Team Impact

The Outstanding Team Impact prize celebrates an inspiring and successful team, whose collaborative team science approach has made a major impact in medical research. It recognises that complex and pressing human health and research challenges are best tackled by teams with a diverse range of expertise and skills focusing on a shared goal. It rewards the essential contributions made by all those participating in research.

Nominations will be accepted from representatives of:

  • higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • independent research organisations (IROs)
  • other organisations, such as industry, clinical and government bodies.

The winning team will:

  • receive a financial award of up to £20,000 which must be put towards further learning and development of the team or further showcasing the teams’ impact, for example at conference, networks and forums. The award will only be payable to organisations, not individuals
  • be presented with a trophy and financial award at a dedicated MRC awards ceremony in spring 2023 and have their open science activities showcased at this event
  • have future opportunities to present their open science initiative via other UKRI or MRC-led events and forums.

Who you can nominate

Only representatives of HEIs, IROs and organisations such as industry organisations or government bodies can submit nominations.

To be eligible for the prize, funding from the MRC or the Medical Research Foundation must have provided a contributing factor to the advancement of the impact. This could be through a proportion of the team:

  • receiving grant funding
  • holding PhD studentships or fellowships
  • being based within an MRC centre, unit or institute.

It is not a requirement for all team members to have received funding from the MRC or the Medical Research Foundation, but the funding must have played a part in enabling the impact.

There is a one year resubmission policy. The team can only be put forward for the Outstanding Team Impact prize once every two years.

Team requirements

The nomination can be made for a team of individuals whose collaborative approach has made an outstanding contribution in medical research that was made possible due to a team science approach.

We are looking to reward impacts led by a team or network composed of at least two research groups. Teams and networks can consist of a diverse range of members from within the same organisation or across organisations, spanning:

  • sectors
  • disciplines
  • career stages
  • geographical locations.

There is no limit on the number of members of the team, but the nomination must clearly highlight:

  • the contributory roles of each individual
  • how the broad diversity of skills and expertise of team members collaboratively enabled the impact for which they are nominated.

We strongly encourage nominations to include a diversity of career stages and members critical to enabling research and innovation who are not traditionally well recognised within research. Team members can include, but are not limited to:

  • pre and postdoctoral researchers
  • technologists
  • technicians
  • methodologists
  • statisticians
  • data scientists
  • research administrators
  • laboratory and facility managers
  • instrument engineers
  • finance managers
  • clinical and industrial partners
  • other critical roles in enabling research, innovation and development.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We especially encourage nominations for those who are currently under-represented in some sectors of the research and innovation community, including:

  • women
  • those with a disability
  • members of minority ethnic groups.

Organisations can submit a maximum of two nominations per year, with at least one nomination being for a team which has at least one protected characteristic, for example relating to:

  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • disability.

What we want to see in the work of a nominated team

We expect nominated teams to be a group of individuals whose collaborative approach has made an outstanding contribution in medical research that was made possible due to a team science approach.

The impact for which the team is nominated must have been achieved as a result of the combined efforts of a team from at least two research groups that bring together a diverse range of expertise and skills to tackle complex health challenges.

By impact, we mean transformative and innovative ideas which are advancing the specified medical research area in the UK and internationally, for example by:

  • advancing science
  • enabling clinical translation
  • innovation
  • commercial impact
  • influencing policy and practice
  • advocacy and improving research culture.

How to make a nomination

Nominations open on 23 May 2022 for 10 weeks. Further information about the nomination process and where to find the nomination form will be released on 23 May 2022.

Nominators will be asked to submit:

  • a nomination form (available from 23 May 2022)
  • up to two letters of support.

Letters of support

You should provide no more than two letters of support on headed paper. These can be from a senior member of the lead nominee’s institution (such as the Dean, Head of Department or equivalent) or other individuals who can provide a supporting statement for the achievements of nominees. The letters should detail the relationship with the nominees and clearly explain the reasons why they should receive an MRC Impact Prize.

How we will assess nominations

A dedicated MRC prize committee oversees the MRC Impact Prize.

The committee is chaired by the MRC Executive Chair and is comprised of 24 members from across:

  • MRC boards, panels and overview groups
  • MRC strategy board
  • MRC council
  • industry and external representation.

The committee will review and score nominations and select the winner who will be announced in December 2022. The prize will be awarded at an MRC awards ceremony in spring 2023.


For more information contact the MRC Impact Prize team.


Last updated: 28 April 2022

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