UKRI: Updated Pathways to Impact guidance

Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Edinburgh Research Office, provides an update following the publication of UKRI Research Council specific guidance for how impact should be integrated into applications from 1 March.

This post provides further updates following Anne Sofie’s post on 12 Feb.

UKRI has announced Research Council specific guidance for how Pathways to Impact should be integrated into research applications from 1 March.

EPSRC has published their new assessment criteria, with impact written into their Primary Criterion on quality. This shows that in order to win research funding, engaging with stakeholders and developing Pathways to Impact is as important as ever.

The Research Council specific guidance outlines how impact should be integrated in the application, including the objectives, the summary and the Case for Support (within the existing page limits). Costs for impact generating activities should be included and justified in the Justification of Resources.

Research Councils and directed calls differ in how specific they are in the guidance. It is therefore more important than ever to read the guidance carefully before developing an application. This includes guidance for standard responsive mode grants.

If you are in doubt after reading the guidance, we recommend the following as a minimum:

  1. Ensure the importance and potential impact of the research is articulated early on in the application.
  2. Include objectives that relate to how the impact will be achieved.
  3. Highlight any existing engagement with relevant stakeholders, including how they will be involved throughout the project.
  4. Include plans for dissemination to, and engagement with, both academic and research user communities.

At Edinburgh Research Office, we are updating our resources on knowledge exchange and impact as we get more clarity on the UKRI guidance. Regardless of this, the content of our “how to guides” and “toolkits” about developing pathways to impact are still relevant. Please see the Crafting your research application section on our website.

If you have questions please contact your Edinburgh Research Office Research Funding Specialist or local research office who will be happy to help.

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