Public Engagement with Research Award

The European Research Council’s (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award is designed to recognize and celebrate ERC grantees who have demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.

ERC grantees have a contractual obligation to communicate their project and many of them are outstanding science communicators. The ERC would like to recognise those who engage with audiences outside their domain to communicate their research funded by the European Union.


What is Public Engagement with Research?


For the purposes of this prize, public engagement is defined as the involvement of the public in the design, conduct or dissemination of activities funded by the ERC. Engagement is a two-way process, involving interaction and mutual understanding for mutual benefit.

2022 Award amount and categories

3 awards of €10.000 each

After a successful pilot competition in 2020, the second Public Engagement with Research Award contest will have three prizes of a value of €10.000 each in the following categories:

  1. Involve (citizen science)
  2. Inspire (public outreach)
  3. Influence (media and policy)

The ERC Public Engagement with Research Award will provide the winners with high visibility in the form of public interest and increased media coverage.

2022 Award ceremony


The winners were announced at an award ceremony which took place on Thursday 14 July 2022 (16.00 - 17:00 CEST) as a hybrid event of the Euroscience Open Forum

  • Award category: Involve - citizen science

    Mariska Kret, Leiden University
    RecognizeYourself - Bringing science to the zoo, involving the public into the study of great apes emotions
  • Award category: Inspire - public outreach

    Jonathan Tennyson, University College London
    Orbyts - Engaging students in original research, inspiring science careers
  • Award category: Influence - media and policy

    Alpa Shah, London School of Economics and Political Science
    CounterOppression - Challenging inequalities, countering oppression 
  • Public's Choice

    Artur Obłuski, University of Warsaw
    NAFEER - Engaging local community in Sudan to promote archaeological heritage