Research impact

Academic impact: the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory, application and academic practice.

Wider impact: an effect on, change to or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia.’

“There are two questions that we continually need to ask ourselves: ‘what is the change I am seeking to make?’ and ‘so what?’ If we can clearly define and answer these for ourselves, we stand a better chance of defining it for others, and taking steps to truly understand our impact.”

Copied from: http://blog.hefce.ac.uk/2017/02/09/research-is-all-about-impact-2/


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.


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