Pathways To Impact
All EPSRC and other research council proposals require a plan for maximising impact from the research activity. The guidelines on the RCUK website are very clear and you are recommended to read them
It will help your proposal if you think about the impact early in the writing process not as an afterthought. Impact is increasingly forming part of the evaluation process, particularly in differentiating between proposals ranked equally in terms of the science excellence. Each application requires a 4000 character Impact Summary on the Je-S form, saying who might benefit from your research and how and a Pathways to Impact plan of up to 2 pages, saying what steps you propose to take to maximise the chances of awareness, use, exploitation or further development of your research.
The EPSRC and other research councils are keen that people ask for resources for impact related activities. As a rule of thumb, they expect to allocate around 5% of their total budget to these activities (although some projects may be able to justify 10-20% and others may ask for much less).
What is meant by impact?
- Benefits to the economy, particularly UK industry (e.g. your research might contribute to the development of a new product or process)
- Influencing of public services or policy (e.g. your research may inform new standards, regulations or directives)
- Enhancing the quality of life (e.g. your research could improve health or benefit the creative sectors).