Funders’ Impact Guidance
RCUK (the strategic partnership of all seven research councils) have recently published a response to a review of how impact is considered in grant applications. The most important change, which will come into force from 1st April 2015, mentioned in the response is:
RCUK has harmonised its approach and agreed a common principle which reinforces the need for a strong Pathways to Impact statement. This principle is set out below:
“A clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement is an essential component of research proposals and a condition of funding. Grants will not be allowed to start until a clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement is received.”
Therefore it makes sense to get your Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact to an acceptable level before submitting any grant. The response expands on what is deemed acceptable.
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Last updated 15/12/15