It is vital that funders ensure the money they spend, goes to fund projects that have the best chance of realising impact. It is with this in mind that they ask whether you have “freedom to operate”. In the simplest terms, this means, do you have the right to go forward with your research outside the lab, or will you be infringing another party’s intellectual property (IP) rights? Continue reading
Anyone enthusiastic about interacting with the public can apply for small internal grants anywhere up to £1,500 (and possibly more if discussed early) to develop novel, imaginative engagement activities and tools through the University’s Public Engagement Working Group, chaired by Professor Alice Roberts and supported locally by Dr Eliot Marston. Continue reading
Confused about what on earth MRC, BBSRC or any of the other Research Councils mean by ‘Impact Summary’ vs ‘Pathways to Impact’? Fear not – your Research Facilitator can help you tackle these, which are becoming an increasingly important part of the review process to help decide between a range of strong science proposals. Continue reading
What’s the difference between your Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact statement? Anybody can confidently assert that their study proposal could lead to amazing new insight (or perhaps even new treatments), so you’ll need to be more specific… Your Impact Summary should clearly define who the potential beneficiaries are (other academics, business, clinicians, the general public etc) and how they will benefit (commercial application, policy changes, health improvements etc). The Pathways to Impact statement sets out what you are personally going to do during and beyond the lifetime of your grant to ensure these advantages are realised (how you will communicate, collaborate, train and further explore opportunities with the beneficiaries), and how you can monitor success.
What a lot of researchers miss is the fact that you can ask for money to deliver the Pathways to Impact activities – RCUK actually expects that up to 5% of the total budget will be spent on these elements. And recognising their costs will actually make your plans look more realistic and achievable. Excellent and exciting science will remain fundamental to RCUK proposal decisions for the foreseeable future, but your Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact statement are increasingly important too…. For more information and guidance check out the RCUK website.
R&KT Workshop – 16th December 2013
How can you convey the impact your research can have socially, economically or perhaps environmentally? Last December a range of academics including Professors Janet Lord, Richard Lilford and Roy Bicknell focussed on topics such as Health, Society, Industry and Public. This workshop also included Dr Jessica Boname, MRC Programme Manager for Population and Systems Medicine Board, where she discussed the expectations of RCUK funders.
A star-studded line-up of speakers, from those with personal experience of the research benefits of participating in public engagement activities, to people who can help you get involved – Professor Janet Lord, Dr Sabi Redwood, Dr David Mulligan, Ms Debbie Ringham, and our own Dr Eliot Marston. We aimed to convince you what a huge boost public engagement can give to your research, right from design through development and delivery, and on to dissemination.
For more information you can view the workshop on our events page.
This session was to give you hints and tips on the best strategies for developing and submitting your future papers, with talks from Prof Jon Frampton on the importance of publishing in the context of the REF, and editors’ perspectives from Dr David Thickett, Prof Jayne Franklyn, Prof Tony Smith and Prof Roy Bicknell, including their own personal dos and don’ts for making it easy for your reviewers to give you the thumbs up.
Please refer to our events page for more information.