Pathways to Impact: expectations and policies

Why the change of the name from Impact Plan to Pathways to Impact?

RCUK Statement

From talking with the research community over the last year, RCUK believes that the name was obscuring the purpose, which is for researchers to explore Pathways to Impact, not to accurately predict the impacts of work yet to be undertaken.

RCUK has changed the name of impact plans in order to clarify what is being asking for.  Although the name has changed, the information that RCUK is asking for has not.

Pathways to Impact and RCUK expectations and policies
RCUK do not expect you to be able to predict the impact of your research.  The purpose of Pathways to Impact is to encourage you to explore, from the outset, who could potentially benefit from your work in the longer term, and consider what you could do to increase the chances of your research reaching those beneficiaries.

The primary criterion for RCUK funding remains excellent research.  Beyond that there are a number of other considerations taken into account, of which Pathways to Impact are one.  This means that when you have two equally excellent proposals, a good Pathways to Impact could make a difference to the funding process.

Pathways to Impact are project specific, and should be appropriate for that piece of research.  RCUK do not expect the same level of detail or activity for each proposal.  However, applicants are expected to think carefully about the three questions asked within the Impact Summary and Pathways to Impact.

Further Assistance

RCUK have launched a number of best practice case studies online to help inspire applicants with the Pathways to Impact section of their application. These can be found on the RCUK webpages:


Impact and Pathways to Impact Summary

Impact Summary (19.0KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Guidance to Completing the Pathways to Impact

Impact Guidance (50.92KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

RCUK Impact Guidance Diagram

Impact Diagram (12.76KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Case Study 1 - EPSRC

EPSRC Case Study (10.75KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Case Study 2 - ESRC

ESRC Case Study (11.18KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Case Study 3 - NERC

NERC Case Study (10.11KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

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