ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Impact Awards 2019
01 May 2019



Announcing the second ISIS Impact Awards for facility users, celebrating the socio-economic impact generated by the user community.




After its success in 2018​, ISIS users were invited to apply for the second ISIS impact awards. The entries have been judged and the winners presented at NMSUM, 29 April - 1 May 2019 at the Warwick conference centre​. 

It is our pleasure to announce the winners, and present the case studies on their work. 

Science award: 
Dr Sihai Yang for his work on​ developing functional materials.

Society award: 
Professor Maria Paula M. Marques for her research using neutrons for cancer research
Economic award
Dr Indri Adilina for her work at ISIS on the use of palm oil biomass waste as an alternative source for biofuel​.

Thank-you to all who entered, and congratulations to our winners. More information about the awards can be found below and find out more about the 2018 winners in our Annual Review.

Background to the awards


Researchers who have been PI or Co-I on an ISIS proposal in the last 3 years. Note, permission from the PI will be needed if an application is submitted by a Co-I).


We are following the HEFCE definition for the REF, where impact is the “effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life" in the UK or internationally. There will be three awards; science, social and economic.

Science award – the contribution ​that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory, application and academic practice.

Society award – research  that demonstrates or has led to significant social benefit, through improving health, quality of life, policy change or inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Economic award – research that demonstrates significant economic impact. This could include a license deal, spin-out company, improvements to products or services, improving a company's market share or job creation.

To Apply

You need to provide:

  • An overview of you​r research (300 words)
  • Details of the specific project that generated the impact, linked to a successful proposal (300 words)
  • Impact of the research, specifically who benefitted and quantify what the benefits were (500 words)
  • Evidence of these benefits – references, testimonials, case studies etc


The winning entries in each category will be turned into impact case studies by our science writers and featured on the ISIS website and in our 2019 Annual Review.

Terms and conditions   

All applicants agree to any information they provide being used in publicity materials and to be available to provide a presentation on their impact at NMSUM 2019.​


Any questions please ​contact Sara Fletcher.​


Contact: Fletcher, Sara (STFC,RAL,BID)