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ENLIGHT Impact Awards

Is your research exemplar in planning for and achieving impact?



On 1 December, the ENLIGHT University alliance has launched the call for Impact Awards to recognise and give visibility to research endeavours at ENLIGHT universities that are exemplars in planning for and achieving impact. Applications are invited from research teams at ENLIGHT Universities.


Are you interested in and want to know more about the ENLIGHT Impact Awards? Please read the call text here, and contact your ENLIGHT RISE University Coordinator for further information.

ENLIGHT will concede five Impact Awards, including ideally one award in each of the five ENLIGHT flagship domains. Interested applicants should be nominated by their University through a locally defined internal selection process. Each ENLIGHT university is expected to submit at least one, and a maximum of three applications, from its institution to be considered for the ENLIGHT Impact Award.

The representatives of the awarded teams will be identified as ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors and become members of the ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors Network for the 2023/ 2024 period.

The ENLIGHT Impact Awards will be presented during the ENLIGHT Impact Conference at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao) on the 30th and 31st March 2023. The ENLIGHT Impact Conference will bring together international leading impact experts and will be the setting in which all institutional nominees of the ENLIGHT Impact Awards will be recognised.

In addition, the ENLIGHT Impact Awards will provide your research team with:

  • Increased visibility to your research impact approach, pathway and project, through the ENLIGHT website, ENLIGHT Repository of Good Practices on Research Impact, ENLIGHT social media, international workshops and conferences.
  • Financial support to attend relevant international workshops/ conferences.
  • The possibility of being part of a wide-reaching networking of other ENLIGHT universities impact ambassadors, in close contact with the ENLIGHT impact team and with the possibility of connecting also with other impact networks where ENLIGHT is represented.
  • The possibility of knowledge and good practices sharing and mutual learning.
  • The opportunity to support and influence ENLIGHT impact work.

ENLIGHT and Impact

ENLIGHT is a European University Alliance to promote equitable quality of life, sustainability and global engagement through Higher Education transformation. ENLIGHT brings together nine research-intensive universities from nine European countries (University of the Basque Country, University of Bordeaux, Comenius University Bratislava, University of Galway, Ghent University, University of Göttingen, University of Groningen, University of Tartu, Uppsala University).

Impact is at the core of the ENLIGHT mission and, as such, one of its main objectives is to promote a culture of impact within ENLIGHT Universities. In ENLIGHT we define impact as the changes we can see (demonstrate, measure, capture), beyond academia (in society, economy, environment) which happen because of our research (caused by, contributed to, attributable to).

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