This year we’re hoping to provide academics with a bit more support when it comes to identifying the ‘Impact’ of their research. As you know, the Research Councils now expect all applicants to think about the potential impact of their research, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) will be seeking evidence of the kind of impact research is having outside of academia.
Thinking about non-academic impact may seem a little daunting if you’ve not done it before, so Research Services, Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) and the Media Office are getting together to help. We will be meeting regularly (fortnightly), and will pool our knowledge and experience to help identify areas that you can highlight as having a potential impact outside of academia.
If you would like us to help with your impact, drop me a line outlining your research and (if relevant) the particular project you are seeking funding for, and we’ll come up with some ideas for potential beneficiaries, audiences, markets or applications. Our first meeting will be on 14 January.