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Case Studies: Pathways to Impact

Research Councils UK (RCUK) continue to work with our research communities to develop our guidance for Pathways to Impact. We encourage researchers to be actively involved in thinking about how they will achieve excellence with impact and to explore pathways for realising the impact of their research.

The case studies provide personal accounts from RCUK funded researchers in regards to their approaches and experiences of Pathways to Impact. The case studies also provide guidance, top tips and best practice for helping researchers to realise the impact of their research.

A common top tip included in the case studies is avoiding potential pitfalls, such as focusing only on past activities instead of making sure the Pathway to Impact is forward looking and explores the potential impact of the current project. This should include milestones where appropriate (perhaps illustrating this with a GANNT time-line) and explaining the rationale behind activities. For example, if including an event, highlight who it’s aimed at and why you have chosen that specific pathway towards impact.

Further information and guidance, including FAQ’s and top tips, for Pathways to Impact is available here.

 Policy: Case studies which highlight researchers’ interactions with government


 Business: Case studies which highlight researchers fostering partnerships with business and industry


 Voluntary and Charitable: Case studies where researchers have worked with partners in the third sector


 Public Engagement: Case studies which include engaging the public with research

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