Applications for the ONS Research Excellence Awards 2020 are now open!

Summary

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Research Excellence Awards 2020 will recognise and celebrate outstanding innovative research carried out using our secure data and/or secure data we make available on behalf of others, to deliver a public benefit to the UK, while protecting data confidentiality.

Background

Each year, around 400 projects gain approval to access the secure data we manage for statistical research. The research outcomes inform an extremely diverse range of topics, such as UK monetary and financial policy, the development and evaluation of the UK National Living Wage, and the impact of migration on health services.

The awards will recognise the excellent and innovative analyses carried out and promote best practice research methodologies and data matching or linking. The awards will promote greater awareness and understanding of the data available and the public good achieved by statistical research.

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry, your research should:

  • have research outcomes made publicly available between July 2019 and July 2020; this can include new analysis, outcomes, impacts or benefits from previously published research

  • feature analysis that has used our data (together with other data sources where relevant) or other data sources managed by us, through an approved legal gateway, such as the ONS Approved Researcher scheme

  • show innovative use (including in combination with other data sources and new methodologies), analysis or evaluation of the research data and outputs

  • demonstrate collaboration with partners inside and outside the organisation, where appropriate, to gain insight and inform research methodologies, interpretation, outcomes and dissemination

  • deliver research outcomes that are engaging and disseminated to others, including those in non-analytical professions, to help ensure the findings are clear, helpful, understood, accessible and encourage democratic debate

  • meet a defined user or public need

Awards

This year, we are thrilled to announce two headline awards.

Research Excellence Award

Nominations should include clear examples of how the research project has demonstrated excellence in methodology, collaboration, communication and presentation of research, and public benefit or impact. This overall Research Excellence Award will be decided by an expert judging panel from across the research community. To apply, download the application pack (ZIP, 410KB) and complete the Research Excellence Awards 2020 application form.

Organisational Special Recognition Award

This award will recognise outstanding examples of institutions or organisations that have demonstrated excellence in research programme and project delivery. Nominations should include clear examples of how and institution of organisation has demonstrated excellence in methodology, collaboration, communication and presentation of research, and public benefit or impact. To apply, download the application pack (ZIP, 410KB) and complete the Research Excellence Awards Special Recognition application form.

Commendations may be awarded at the judge's discretion.

Winners and those shortlisted will be celebrated by the ONS and the research community.

People’s choice and peer awards

All eligible entries will automatically be entered into the people's choice award, which will be open to all to cast their votes.

The peer award will see the highest scoring nominations entered and will be voted for exclusively by the research community.

Further information

To enter your research, please use the application form provided in the application pack (ZIP, 410KB) available on this page. For additional information and for support in completing your application, please use the Research Excellence Awards 2020 Guide also provided in the pack.

If you have any questions about the award, or would like further information, and to submit your completed application, please email us at research.support@ons.gov.uk.

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