What is research impact?

What is research impact?

The importance of impact is reflected in the UCD Strategic Plan 2015-2020 with the University's commitment “to increase the quality, quantity and impact of our research, scholarship and innovation”.

This strategy builds upon the work of the UCD ‘Beyond Publications’ steering committee that investigated the definitions, evidence and systems for capturing outputs and impact beyond publications.


Academic Impact

“The demonstrable contribution that research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory and application.”

(Research Councils UK)

Economic and Societal Impact

“The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy.”

(SFI and Research Councils UK)

The full Research Councils UK definition of Impact is available here.

Demonstrating Impact

Many funding agencies expect you to demonstrate the potential economic and societal impact of your research, these include: