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Pathways to Impact

RCUK implemented Pathways to Impact in 2009. The purpose of Pathways to Impact is to encourage applicants to explore, from the outset, who could potentially benefit from their work in the longer term and consider what could be done to increase the chances of their research reaching beneficiaries. RCUK reviewed this approach (in January 2015) in consultation with representatives from the academic and user communities. As a result of comments and feedback RCUK has reaffirmed its commitment to Pathways to Impact and will require a clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement as a condition of funding in the future. 

This harmonisation of approach across the Research Councils is important in the broad innovation landscape and RCUK will continue to engage with the other key research and innovation funders to ensure alignment of purpose and approach to deliver the best exploitation of UK research.

This change will take effect for peer review panels which take place after 1st April 2015 – please see the appropriate Research Council website for details. 

RCUK have produced a summary explaining the review recommendations

Further guidance

Pathways to impact wiki 

RCUK guidance on pathways to impact 

RCUK public engagement as pathways to impact

EPSRC pathways to impact guidance

ERI industry and economic impact guide

ERI guide to eligible costs for pathways to impact

Examples of pathways to impact

Help in writing impact plans

Mathematical sciences research – leading the way to UK economic growth

Support available

It is recommended that you get input on your pathways to impact from academic colleagues.  If you require further advice on pathways to impact relating to your project please contact Carolyn Brock, Impact Manager, 0131 650 9028,

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