Each year, the SSA presents the Impact Prize to a person or team whose work has had a strong public-facing impact. Applications have now closed for the 2024 prize. Check back in early 2025 for the next opportunity to apply.

About the prize

Have you talked about your research on TV, or in local or national media? Has your work influenced government policy or treatment provision? Have you 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.

Information about the application process

You should include, and provide examples of, recent work that has had an impact, its relevance for the field of addiction, and how it meets the aims of the SSA. Examples of relevant work might include, but are not limited to:

  • altmetric outputs
  • co-production that includes people with lived experience of addiction
  • impact on clinical practice
  • policy work
  • public engagement
  • science communication

Please also declare any conflicts of interest that relate to you and members of your team, for example, industry funding, and paid work on advisory groups (see our ethical policy for further information).