Impact & Grants

rcukResearch Council funding

Research Council funds are awarded on the basis of applications made by individual researchers, which are subject to independent, expert peer review.  When applying for grants, researchers are asked to complete an Impact Summary, which explains who might benefit from the research and in what ways, and a Pathways to Impact section, which explains what steps researchers will take to ensure  the potential for impact is realised. In January 2015, RCUK reaffirmed its commitment to Pathways to Impact and stated that it will require a clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement as a condition of funding in the future. This change will take effect for peer review panels which take place after 1st April 2015.

pathwaysAdvice and examples

Here you will find advice on how to write a good impact plan from RCUK and the research councils. You can read examples of successful impact summaries and pathways sections which have been shared by colleagues at Leicester. And we have compiled a brief analysis of common themes identified in those successful applications. Workshops on writing effective pathways to impact are also run regularly.

Writing Pathways to Impact - RCUK guidance

More guidance is available in the JeS grant application system.

BBSRC advice on writing Pathways to Impact

BBSRC scoring criteria for Pathways to Impact

AHRC guidance on writing Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact

EPSRC advice on Pathways to Impact

ESRC impact advice and toolkit

MRC guidance on Pathways to Impact

NERC guidance on Pathways to Impact

Arrangements for peer review of grant applications varies between Colleges. Contact your College Director of Research for further details

Examples of successful RC grant applications and common themes from successful grant applications

For further advice on Pathways and Summaries sections, contact Impact Manager Sarah Hall on or 252 2324.

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