Research Councils UK (RCUK) is one of our largest external funders. It is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. Impact has become increasingly important to RCUK and is now a key part of their funding application process through impact summaries and pathways to impact.
When writing an impact summary you need to address two key questions;
Who might benefit from your research?
How might they benefit?
When writing your pathway to impact the most important question to answer is:
What will you do to ensure that potential beneficiaries have the opportunity to engage with your research?’
This guidance and planning sheet will help you plan how to complete the impact sections of your RCUK grant effectively. It has been developed from a tool written by Annabel Jenkins for the Maths Department (but is relevant to reserachers from all departments applying to all the Research Councils). Guidance on impact in RCUK applications (MS Word , 28kb)
In addittion, the EPSRC have some innovative examples of pathways to impact on their website which you may find helpful.
Research at the University of York is also supported by a variety of other external funders. A growing number of these are taking an interest in research impact including;
You may find the advice given for RCUK pathways to impact is a helpful starting point when doing other applications. But it is critical to check the guidelines provided by the funder you are applying to. If you have any more questions try one of our useful contacts.
Impact funding opportunities - for information about funding schemes specifically for impact activities please look at our impact funding opportunities pages.