Ongoing call for applications for ENLIGHT Impact Awards

The ENLIGHT Impact Award recognises and gives visibility to outstanding research done at ENLIGHT universities that are exemplars in planning for and achieving impact. 

A maximum of six ENLIGHT Impact Awards will be given, one in each of the six flagship domains: health and well-being, digital revolution and digitisation, climate change, energy and circular economy, equity and culture and creativity.    

Application information: 

  • The teams can comprise researchers of all levels and research support staff, and thejoint team effort demonstrates having embedded impact in their research pathway and contributed to bringing about change in one (or more) of the five ENLIGHT flagship domains.  

  • The team should involve at least three researchers. 

  • Each ENLIGHT university may submit up to three applications with research launched or publishedin the last five-year period, January 2019 – December 2023.   

  • To apply, send a completed application form to

  • The date of application at the University of Tartu is 1 March 2024. 

The pre-selection will be made at each university. The chosen applicants will be notified in March.  

The ENLIGHT Impact Awards will be presented during the ENLIGHT general meeting at the University of the Basque Country on 14 and 15 June 2024. The representatives of the awarded teams will be identified as ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors and they will become members of the ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors Network.  

In 2023, the ENLIGHT Impact Award was awarded to the research group of Kati Orru, Associate Professor of Sociology of Sustainability at the University of Tartu. They developed an analysis tool that helps crisis management agencies to better identify threats to people's lives arising from natural disasters, pandemics, cyber attacks, wars and other emergency situations. According to Kati Orru, the impact award has given her the opportunity to reach a wider audience and potential users through the ENLIGHT network, and the financial support that came with the award has helped introduce the work at conferences and decision-making bodies. 

Read more about the award and the ENLIGHT network.

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