Pathways to Impact

Applicants should request and justify project-specific resources and time needed to achieve their pathways to impact.

Grant period

Since costs are incurred during the grant period, you may need to increase the grant duration to enable activities in the Pathways to Impact to be carried out. Design impact activities appropriate to your project, and build them into the work plan to be assessed by peer review, such as interleaving research and impact activities.

Type of resources requested

Anything eligible under full economic Costing can be requested if it is project specific and is justified. General activities arranged at department, school, or university level – such as industry open days - would not be eligible. The resource relevance justification quality will be assessed by peer review.

Eligible costs include:

  • Secondments and people exchange, either to other disciplines or user organisations
  • Investigator time allocated to impact project activities
  • Training, including for research assistants
  • Employment of specialist staff, such as Knowledge Transfer experts, consultants, business analysts, technology translators, and public engagement specialists. Clearly justify their inclusion, and describe what they will do on the project
  • Project-specific marketing assessments, and early stage commercialisation exploration
  • Workshops, seminars, networking and engagement events; with other disciplines, industry, policy makers, and the public or third sector
  • Project-specific publicity, and public engagement activities

Patent costs and other IP costs

These costs are not eligible as universities receive funding for commercialisation efforts through the dual support system. Intellectual Property Rights tend to be covered by a researcher's contract of employment: EPSRC delegates the responsibility of patents, licensing agreements and spin-outs to the individual and their employer.

Technology Transfer Offices and other specialist staff

EPSRC view knowledge transfer, public engagement, and technology transfer office staff as distinct from research staff, so should not attract estates or indirect costs. These staff, like computing staff, should not be included in indirect costs, but can be a direct charge to the grant. They should be a project-specific resource, used at the discretion and direction of the Principal Investigator, and could be involved in tasks like completing an exploitation agreement between the collaborating partners, or arranging public consultations.

Public engagement activities

Societal impact is a key area considered under 'Impact', so researchers can request resources for public engagement activities where appropriate for the project.

Researchers should aim for a two-way interaction with the public instead of just disseminating the findings. For example, work with a selected user group where there may be a tangible and relevant output. For areas with a potential societal or ethical impact, you could gauge current public attitudes toward the area.

Public engagement can occur at any point: before research begins to help shape a research question; during, as part of the research process; or at the end, to feedback findings and potentially influence the future research portfolio. Public engagement activities may include science festivals, debates, discussions, and consultation with public audiences appropriate to your research.

Resources eligible for full economic costing can be requested, for example, to cover training in public engagement and communications, public engagement, specialist staff expertise and support, materials and venue costs, or travel expenses and so on.