Open Research Award 2021

The University’s 2021 Open Research Award is now open for entries.

The Open Research Award will recognise and reward researchers or research students who have used open practices to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. Entry is open to both members of staff and research students, who may enter either as individuals or as teams. Entry is by means of a case study describing how open practices have been used in a research context.

A shortlist of four entries will be invited to present their case studies as short talks at a public online Open Research Celebration on Wednesday 9th June. The event will also feature a keynote from Professor Sarah de Rijcke of Leiden University, co-author of the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics and currently drafting the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

The winner of the Open Research Award, and second and joint third places, will be determined by a panel of judges chaired by Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). The winner will be announced at the Open Research Celebration following the presentation of case studies. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Winner of the Open Research Award: £500
  • Second place: £250
  • Joint third place: £150 each.

There will also be a £150 prize for best presentation decided by audience vote on the day.

Prizes awarded to members of staff will be paid into SDA accounts. Prizes awarded to research students will made as cash payments.

Shortlisted entries will be published on the University website as Open Research case studies, and will be promoted in the University’s Open Research communications.

The Award is administered by the Committee on Open Research and Research Integrity.

How to enter

Read the Open Research Award Guidelines before submitting your entry. The entry should be submitted using the Open Research Award Entry Form.

The closing date for entries is 12:00 noon on Thursday 6th May.


Please send any enquiries concerning the Open Research Award to Robert Darby, Research Data Manager at / 0118 378 6161.

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