Outputs / Dissemination / Impact

Contents:

- AHRC specific

- ESRC specific

 

AHRC - Specific Requirements

Please comment on the proposed dissemination strategy and Pathways to Impact (Impact Plan), including:

 

Please also choose from the two sets of tick boxes provided to rate:

 

Academic beneficiaries (note - this section is not relevant to Follow-on Funding reviews)

All proposals should include appropriate and effective plans for communicating and disseminating the research to relevant academic audiences in order to ensure that the research outputs lead to advances in relevant research fields. In assessing these plans you are asked to consider in particular the ‘academic beneficiaries’ section of the proposal as well as the communication and dissemination plans described in the case for support. Your assessment of these should be reflected in your grading for the ‘proposed outputs and dissemination strategy’.

Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact (Impact Plan) – Not relevant to the Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme.

Your assessment of the Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact (Impact Plan) should take into account the guidance below on peer reviewing excellence with impact. In particular you should consider what is appropriate, reasonable and /or expected for research of the nature proposed in the application. Your assessment should also take into account the diversity and variety of forms of impact (economic, social, cultural, policy, quality of life etc), timescales within which impacts might emerge and approaches through which impact might be achieved.

Excellent research without obvious or immediate impact will continue funded by the Research Councils and should not be disadvantaged within the assessment process. Where applicants explain why beneficiaries or impacts beyond academia cannot be identified at this stage of the research and you judge this to be appropriate you should not disadvantage the application (e.g. the Pathways to Impact (Impact Plan) may be graded as adequate.

However, where insufficient attention has been given to potential beneficiaries or impacts outside academia this should be reflected in your assessment and comments relating to the Pathways to Impact (Impact plan); similarly where proposals include particularly strong or innovative approaches this should be reflected in your assessment and comments. Any suggestions for improvements to impact plans in your comments would be welcomed and will be fed back to applicants for response prior to consideration by panels.

Research Networking:

Where appropriate, please comment on the plans to engage any relevant non-academic groups in the networking activities.

 

Please comment on the likelihood that what is proposed will have an impact beyond the lifetime of the award.

Please comment on the likelihood that what is proposed will rapidly advance thinking on a particular theme or issue in order to enhance knowledge and understanding.

 

Follow-on Funding Scheme:

Please note that applicants to the Follow-on Funding Scheme are not required to complete a Pathways to Impact statement (Impact Plan).

 

Based on the information contained in the proposal, with particular reference to the Impact Summary, please comment on:

 

 

Peer Reviewing Excellence with Impact

The excellent research funded by the UK Research Councils has a huge impact on the wellbeing and economy of the UK. Working together with our wider communities and other partners, we want to ensure that these impacts are effectively demonstrated and supported, throughout the research lifecycle, in order to add value, stimulate interest from wider stakeholders, including the general public, and, where needed, actively highlight the need for continued investment in the research base.

The following principles define, in broad terms, the approach and expectations of the Research Councils:

 

The Research Councils define impact as the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. This definition accords with the Royal Charters of the Councils and with HM Treasury guidance on the appraisal of economic impact. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations by:

 

Impacts from research can:

 

 

Research Council assessment processes reflect this diversity and variety.

 

In order to allow the applicant to demonstrate plans to enhance the impacts of research, the application form will capture details in these two places:-

 

The Proposal Form includes an Impact Summary that invites the applicant to address the following questions:

 

 

The Pathways to Impact (Impact Plan) is primarily for detailing the activities which will help develop potential economic and societal impacts. It should continue on from the two questions addressed within the Impact Summary by addressing the following question:

In presenting their plans to enhance the impacts of research, the applicant was asked to consider first what was reasonable and/or expected for the nature of research being undertaken.

 

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ESRC - Specific Requirements

Please comment on the proposed plans, including:

 

If you do not feel competent to comment on potential impacts, please select "Unable to assess".

Academic Beneficiaries

 

All proposals should include appropriate and effective plans for communicating and disseminating the research to relevant academic audiences in order to ensure that the research outputs lead to advances in relevant research fields. In assessing these plans you are asked to consider in particular the ‘academic beneficiaries’ section of the proposal as well as the communication, impact and dissemination plans described in the case for support. Your assessment of these should be reflected in your grading for "outputs, dissemination and impact".

Impact Summary and Plan

 

The Impact Summary and Plan are expected to focus on users and beneficiaries outside the academic research community. Your assessment of the Impact Summary and Plan should take into account the guidance below on peer reviewing excellence with impact.  In particular you should consider what is appropriate, reasonable and /or expected for research of the nature proposed in the application. Your assessment should also take into account the diversity and variety of forms of impact (economic, societal, policy, quality of life etc); timescales within which impacts might emerge; and approaches through which impact might be achieved.

Excellent research without obvious or immediate impact will continue to be funded by the Research Councils and should not be disadvantaged within the assessment process. Where applicants explain why beneficiaries or impacts beyond academia cannot be identified at this stage of the research and you judge this to be appropriate, or where research is stated to be oriented towards academic beneficiaries only, you should not disadvantage the application.

However, where insufficient attention has been given to potential beneficiaries or impacts outside academia this should be reflected in your assessment and comments relating to the impact plan; similarly where proposals include particularly strong or innovative approaches this should be reflected in your assessment and comments. Any suggestions for improvements to impact plans in your comments would be welcomed and will be fed back in the normal way to applicants.

Peer Reviewing Excellence with Impact

 

The excellent research funded by the UK Research Councils has a huge impact on the wellbeing and economy of the UK. Working together with our wider communities and other partners, we want to ensure that these impacts are effectively demonstrated and supported, throughout the research lifecycle, in order to add value, stimulate interest from wider stakeholders, including the general public, and, where needed, actively highlight the need for continued investment in the research base.

The following principles define, in broad terms, the approach and expectations of the Research Councils:

 

The Research Councils define impact as the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. This definition accords with the Royal Charters of the Councils and with HM Treasury guidance on the appraisal of economic impact. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations by:

 

Impacts from research can:

 

 

Research Council assessment processes reflect this diversity and variety.

 

In order to allow the applicant to demonstrate plans to enhance the impacts of research, the application form will capture details in these two places:-

 

The Proposal Form includes an Impact Summary that invites the applicant to address the following questions:

 

 

The Impact Plan expands on the information contained in the Impact Summary and describes what will be done to increase the scale or likelihood of impact. In making their case, the applicant is asked to consider and describe any potential impacts of the research on society and the economy. In presenting their plans to enhance the impacts of research, the applicant is asked to consider first what was reasonable and/or expected for the nature of research being undertaken.

An Impact Plan is mandatory in all but a few scheme-specific circumstances.

 

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