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Research Live Award

Best Innovation

Finalists in this category will be invited to present their entry to the judges at a 'Dragons' Den'-style session in London on the morning of 17 October. Please ensure you are free on this date in case you are a finalist.

This award is intended to single out the individual or organisation that has pioneered a methodology, product, service, process or initiative that can be hailed an innovation in research across all international markets. The winning innovation will not merely be an incremental change in something already established within the sector, but a genuine innovation.

Its impact should be apparent and, at the very least, it should enhance the value of market or social research to clients and make a measurable difference to their success.

Depending on the nature of the submission (individual or company, product, process, technique or service), judges will consider:

• Is it really innovative? How does it differ from anything that has gone before? It should not be incremental, but genuinely new.

• How does it work? Entrants must include a case study, either real or hypothetical. This should demonstrate not only how the innovation works but also what it delivers i.e. what it achieves for organisations in practice.

• What business need does it address? Who is this innovation for? How will this help new or existing clients do what they were doing better than before? Or how will it help them do something that they couldn't do before?

• Can your innovation be protected/what is the IP value? Once it becomes public how easy will it be for others to copy? Can you capitalise by protecting the IP?

• What is the size of the opportunity for this innovation? Give us an indication of the impact that the innovation will have, its commercial potential and how it is set to challenge and change the industry in the future (is it scalable?); what will its contribution be to the wider knowledge economy?

NB – the judges in this category have a good technical knowledge, therefore your submission should come from a technical perspective rather than be marketing-led. This is particularly important if you are shortlisted to the presentation stage, where it will be important to have individuals present who can explain the innovation and what sits behind it and not just ‘sell’ it to a client.

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How to apply

A valid entry will comprise:

Entries should be sent to by 10am on Monday 10 July 2017.

Submission format

The submission document grants you 500 words (max) to state why you should win the award plus three 100-word supporting statements from clients or your own senior management (which must be attributed).

Only electronic applications in the required format will be considered for this award.

  • Download and complete the Word submission document and entry form. 
  • You must send a high resolution version of your company logo, in print quality jpg format (300dpi) to be used for publicity purposes if your entry is shortlisted for an award.
  • The submission document, entry form and company logo should be sent as attachments to the same email with the subject line Best innovation Award Entry.

Rules of entry – Best Innovation

  • The ‘innovation’ must have been made in the 12 months up to 1 July 2017.
  • You must nominate a primary contact on your Entry Form who will take overall responsibility for the entry.
  • The primary contact must ensure that permission to enter the Awards is obtained from all parties involved including any clients or suppliers.
  • The judges’ decisions are final. The judges will not enter into correspondence about why an entry is not selected as a finalist.
  • Entries must be received by 10am on Monday 10 July 2017 to qualify. 

There is an entry fee for this award:

MRS Member/Company Partner
£500 + VAT (£600) for first entry
£250 + VAT (£300) for each additional entry, in any category

£750 + VAT (£900) for first entry
£250 + VAT (£300) for each additional entry, in any category

Reduced fees for non-profit organisations
Non-profit organisations are eligible for a reduced entry fee of £150 plus VAT. Submissions must be solo authored by the non-profit organisation and the non-profit organisation must be the only named organisation both in the body of the submission and the title.

You will be invoiced after the closing date. Failure to pay by 1 September 2017 will lead to your entry being withdrawn.

One ticket to the Awards Dinner on 4 December will be allocated per shortlisted entry. Additional tickets can be purchased nearer the time at the standard advertised price.

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