Impact Prize

Each year, the SSA presents an Impact Prize worth £1,000 to a person or team whose work has had a strong public-facing impact – for example, through the media, or by influencing policy and practice. Applications have closed for 2023, but please check back in early 2024 for the next opportunity to apply.

Have you talked about your research on TV, or in local or national media? Has your work influenced government policy or treatment provision? Or, maybe you have collaborated with policymakers, treatment providers, or people who use drugs? We’re looking for people whose research has made a difference.

At the SSA we know how important it is for high-quality research to influence the world around us. This issue is crucial in a field where harms can accumulate around already vulnerable people.

One of the Society’s strategic aims is “to harness and communicate the evidence base to inform policy and practice”, and the Impact Prize supports researchers who share our enthusiasm for this.

In 2023, the SSA made a joint award to Philip Newall and Leon Xiao, who have individually and collaboratively made important contributions to the field of addiction, including to gambling policy discussions.