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 with a public-facing impact through mass media, influencing policy and/or practice in the field of addiction.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 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 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 24:00 (BST) 10 April 2022
  • 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)

Applications for 2022 are closed.


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.

Impact Prize winners

2020Dr Magdalena Harris, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in recognition of her high-quality, innovative research and its positive, practical impact for people who inject drugs – some of the most marginalised service-users.


2019Dr Sarah Jackson, University College London, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to tobacco control policy.

Click here to see material Dr Jackson presented at the SSA Annual Conference, 7 – 8 November, 2019.