Research impact

Research Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society beyond academia.


Current funding calls available for impact

Administered by RBDC

Public Engagement related activities (full lists are available on the RBDC webpages): https://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/search/43281590

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/researchfundingsupport/newsandevents/globalchallengesresearchfund/

Administered by the Research Policy Office


The Health Foundation has developed an online communications toolkit to help health and healthcare researchers (though most of it is relevant to any researcher) increase the influence and impact of their work.


The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) 
‘Scotland 2030’
Funding Call Information Session

8th September
11:00 – 12:30
Gateway Boardroom

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AHRC Engaging with Government 2018

The AHRC Engaging with Government 2018 programme is a three-day course for early career researchers* working in any area of the AHRC’s subject domain. It will take place in March 2018 and is designed to provide an insight into the policy making process, and help participants develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of their research. It also aims to build links between policy makers and the most dynamic new research in the arts and humanities. We are inviting eligible researchers to submit an application to attend the course.

The programme will:

  • Encourage you to see opportunities where your own research could make a valuable contribution in a public policy context
  • Challenge you to think in more depth about the policy process, and the role of research within it
  • Increase the influencing and communication skills that you need to achieve this.

Closing date: 25 September 2017

*At the point of application, applicants must be either within eight years of the award of their doctorate or equivalent professional training, or within six years of their first academic appointment.


Research videos

Find out about research videos and some of the research recently undertaken by academic staff in  this series of short videos. You can also view several business engagement and company formation videos which represent projects that were supported by our 2013-2015 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.


Research Impact@St Andrews showcases a range of impact enabled by research at the University of St Andrews in areas such as:

RCUK: What do Research Councils mean by ‘impact’?
ESRC: What is impact?

Examples of impactExamples

REF Impact

Pathways to Impact

Public engagementPulicEngage

Policy engagementPolicy

Industry engagementIndustry2

“Doing” impactJourneys

Collecting evidenceEvidence

Useful linksLinks