Impact Prize

The Impact Prize for influence on policy and practice

To support our strategic aim, ‘to harness and communicate the evidence base to inform policy and practice‘, this prize will be awarded, at our Annual Conference, to an individual who has produced innovative work influencing policy and/or practice in the field of addiction.

The winner will receive a prize of £1000 and will be invited to briefly present the work contributing to the prize. Up to £500 can additionally be claimed to cover the costs of attending the conference.

Eligibility and guidance

Applicants must:

  • Be a current SSA Member or Student Associate, and to have worked for no more than 10 years full-time equivalent since attaining graduate or post-graduate qualification
  • Agree for their activities to be published on the SSA website
  • Submit a document describing their relevant activities (no longer than two sides of A4) by 12 April 2020
  • Submit a supporting statement (no longer than one side of A4) from a relevant individual or group they have worked with to achieve these activities (e.g. policy makers, clinicians, service users, the public, or a report from a Society member)


To apply for this prize, please email, including your full name and contact details as registered as a Member/Associate of the SSA, with the two supporting documents described above attached, as MS Word files.



As an organisation, we continue to function during the developing pandemic.

We are following all government and Charity Commission guidance in respect of staff and reporting issues.

Our funding schemes remain open and we are continuing to programme our conferences planned for November 2020.