Shortlisted nominations for Impact of the Year 2020

(in no particular order)


Team lead/rep:          Mark Lawler

Impact name:             Model that estimates excess deaths from cancer during COVID

Output citation:


Team lead/rep:          Amitava Banerjee

Impact name:             Model that estimates excess deaths from COVID-19

Output citation:


Team lead/rep:          Rosalind Eggo

Impact name:             Modelling non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19

Output citation:


Nominations and Applications

Outputs can be nominated for HDR UK Impact of the Year using the form available at this link:

Impact of the Year application/nomination form

You can propose your own or someone else’s output. To make a nomination you will need to provide a technical abstract, lay summary and a statement of why the output/work should be chosen for Impact of the Year (250 words each), by the 4th of June deadline.


Algorithms, software, tools, digital resources, policy or practice change exemplar, publications and pre-prints are all eligible for Impact of the Year. They should have been developed (at least in part) in the last year. They may have been developed by one individual or a team – at least one member of of the team, or the individual must be a HDR UK Member, defined in the HDR UK Attribution Policy as “anyone in receipt of funds from HDR UK (e.g. salary, research costs), or involved in a HDR UK project (including where salary is an in-kind contribution). This includes researchers, scientists, technologists, triallists etc working in HDR UK Sites, on HDR UK National Implementation Project Teams, HDR UK Sprint Exemplar Teams, Health Data Research Hub Teams, as well as HDR UK UKRI/Rutherford Fund Fellows, HDR UK PhD and MSc students and Central Team etc”.

For publications or pre-prints, HDR UK must be acknowledged through affiliation and/or as a supporter of the work on the paper. For algorithms, software etc, the output should also be accessible through HDR UK on GitHub. Please indicate the link to HDR UK for other types of output, such as policy or practice change.


The winning impact will be selected by a panel of experts, whose decisions will be based on the criteria below. Nominees will be shortlisted prior to the One Institute event, and then the overall winner will be announced at the event itself.

Selection criteria

We are looking for work with the highest impact on improving people’s lives, through use of data. Please provide clear evidence of several of the following criteria:

  • Impact at scale
  • Generating novel insights
  • Alignment and relevance to HDR UK’s mission
  • Alignment to HDR UK values
  • Collaborative working
  • High quality pubic and patient involvement
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Selection committee

  • James O’Shaughnessy, HDR UK Non-Executive Board member (chair)
  • Angela Coulter, Chair of HDR UK Public Advisory Board
  • Fatemeh Torabi, Member of HDR UK Early Career Committee; Research Officer and Data Analyst, Swansea University, HDR UK Wales/NI


The winning team will receive a trophy and the top three teams (including the winner) will have a professionally-written, featured case study about their team’s work, published on the HDR UK website and promoted on our social media channels.


  • 07/05/2020          Open for nominations
  • 04/06/2020          Deadline for nominations (16:00)
  • 11/06/2020          Shortlisted nominees announced
  • 16/06/2020          Winner announced at One Institute event

Further information

If you have any questions, please email