Consultation: UKRI Survey on Impact in Research Applications

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UKRI convenes, catalyses and invests in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system.

UKRI are now reviewing our systems to better understand the effectiveness of our current approaches in supporting impact across UKRI and through the investments we fund.  They are keen to gather feedback and to gain an understanding of how impact development activities are being embedded into proposals by applicants. The aim is also to determine the effectiveness of existing processes, levels of stakeholder involvement, and how impact development activities within proposals are reviewed and assessed.

The survey does not focus on specific outcomes or impacts of research, but instead concentrates on how applicants are handling impact development and associated activities within their funding applications. It covers the application, review and panel stages of our funding processes.

This survey is open to all academics, university research office staff, users of research and project partners (such as social enterprises, charities, NGOs, business, etc.), as well as other stakeholders, both as partners and applicants. The data collected will be anonymous unless you choose to include identifying information in your responses.

Outcomes of the survey

Your response to the survey will enable us to provide better guidance, communications, and support to the community and Research Offices. Specifically, we will compile and publish a “good practice and activities to maximise impact” guide based on your insights.

The survey will also become an evidence base for continuous improvement, cross UKRI policy and other UKRI programmes such as Simpler and Better Funding (see here for more details – opens in new tab).

Your answers to the questions should be based on your own current knowledge and all will be collated and made non-attributable before being reviewed by UKRI staff.

The survey will close on 4 February 2022 at 18:00
You can save your progress at any point, which will generate an email that will be sent to you with a link. The email will be sent from ‘Site Administrator’ at the address with the subject “Your return code”.
If you have any problems or questions, please email

Click here to begin the online survey.

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