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When writing an impact section in a funding proposal, you're expected to predict the future impact of your work and map out a pathway toward it. If you're writing an impact case study, you will pull together evidence to tell a convincing story about how your work has made a difference. These are two very different tasks. But the tools and resources on this page will help you write convincingly about impact, no matter where you are on your research journey.

In any case, your writing needs to be accessible and inclusive. So you should use simple, easy-to-understand language. Learn more with this (opens in a new window)guide by the Plain English Campaign. For more general tips on research communication, see our Promote Your Research website, as well as UCD Library’s guide on (opens in a new window)using social media to communicate about research.

Writing an impact case study

Find out what makes a good impact case study, read our guide on writing one, familiarise yourself with our case study template, and take a look at some examples. Read more >

Developing an effective impact section

Learn what makes a compelling impact section in any funding proposal. Incorporate meaningful impact planning and give yourself the best chance of being funded.  Read more >

Pathways to impact: writing a successful Horizon Europe proposal

Get a sense of what the European Commission's looking for in the "pathways towards impact" section of your application. Read more >

Creating a narrative CV

Funders are increasingly requesting “narrative CVs” in funding applications, instead of the more familiar metric-driven CVs. To develop yours, see our guide on the UCD Research Portal. (opens in a new window)Read more >

Training opportunities

We offer impact seminars and workshops to researchers at all levels, including events on writing about impact. To find out more, contact UCD's Research Impact Officer.

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