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AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award 2017

Now in its 15th year, the AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award is recognised as the UK's premium Qualitative Research Award.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for the case study that demonstrates the very best in qualitative thinking and practice, a case study that shows thinking that is both original and strategic, that combines creativity, insight and business application.

Who can enter for the award?

The PRS Award 2017 is open to all AQR members. If a joint paper is submitted, at least one member of the team must be an AQR member. All you need to do is share your case study with us and illustrate its excellence in line with what the judges are looking for. As it's good to be able to tell the whole story about the research and the outcomes, we will accept projects up to a maximum 3 years old.

The Prize

The winner receives a 1000 prize, the acclaim of your peers in qualitative research, and the much sought after Prosper trophy.

What does winning the award mean

Louella Miles asked previous winners what the award had meant to them. The answers sum up all that is good about qualitative research and industry members:

Experiences of past winners of the Award

How to enter

When preparing your entry for the AQR Prosper Riley-Smith Qualitative Excellence Award 2017, do make sure you read what the judges are looking for and our "winning tips" in our How To Enter notes, in order to present your entry in the best possible light:

Winning Tips and How To Enter

The cost and how to pay

The entry fee is 50 + VAT (full VAT receipts will be issued)

Pay entry fee online

Timetable for the 2017 award

Deadline for entries
Wednesday 13th September 2017

Announcement of shortlist
Early October

Announcement of three finalists
Mid October

Announcement of Winner
Monday 4th December

The winner will be announced and the Award presented at the MRS Awards Dinner on Monday 4th December, and will appear in the Book of the Night.

The 2017 Judging Panel

Simon Patterson
Chair of the Judging Panel, QRi Consulting, AQR Board

Richard Drury
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Vice Chair of AURA

Jane Frost CBE
CEO of the MRS

Helen James
npower Business, Acting Chair of AURA

Sarah Jenkins
Magenta Research, AQR Board

Tom Kerr
Treasurer of AURA

Sarah Newman
Director of the APG

Finn Raben
Director General of ESOMAR

Peter Totman
Jigsaw Research, AQR Board