Research grants as impact frameworks – more than just the money!

Dr Stephen Kemp - Research Funding and Impact Consultant

Funded programmes often lead to great impact. Why? Is it just the money? This presentation will consider grants as impact frameworks and encourage a more grant-like approach to impact planning and delivery even when there’s no actual funding.

The UK’s impact agenda is delivered through what now looks like a rational system. At the front end, research proposals include resourced impact plans and encourage early stakeholder engagement. At the back end, REF assesses the impacts of research. While there is no requirement in REF for a connection between research grants and eventual impacts, a great many top-scoring impacts in REF2014 came from funded programmes. What’s more, the most promising impacts for REF2021 are often growing out of funded programmes.

So what’s special about funded programmes? Easy, right? It’s the money, the resources to deliver. Not so fast! There’s a whole range of other, non-financial ingredients to consider – the vision, the plan, the relationships. We know that most funding bids fail – researchers won’t get the money. However, we can still help them put in place the other ingredients and build frameworks to deliver great impact.

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Room Lowther
Time 12:00 - 13:15
Date Thursday 7th June, 2018
Theme Research Impact & Research Engagement
Style Pecha Kucha
Speakers Dr Stephen Kemp - Research Funding and Impact Consultant