• Training Room

    Introduction to Impact for Aid-funded Research – GCRF and Newton Fund
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Raise your chances of winning aid- funded research through strategic impact planning. Workshop builds skills in planning research to maximise the impact on economic development and social well-being in developing countries.

Duration 2 hours

Course Type Presentation

Booking Status Contact Provider

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Target Audience: Academics, Research Staff and Professional Services staff supporting researchers

This session will be particularly useful for Academics at all stages of research career; Impact Champions; research development staff; professional services staff supporting researchers; researchers considering applying for UK Global Challenges Research Fund or Newton Fund; current and potential ODA funded research staff.

Research funds like the £1.5bn Global Challenges Research Fund and £735m Newton Fund are examples of the growing number of aid funded research opportunities.  An increasing proportion of UK research funding is for challenges faced by developing countries – both low and middle income, from Chad to China, Malawi to Malaysia.

Funding depends on complying with strict international criteria for Official Development Assistance (ODA), and having impact at the core of research planning.  To secure such funding researchers have to make a strong demonstration of how they have planned for maximum impact in designing research proposals.  This goes beyond the strategies that have already been developed for REF impact case studies.  It includes analysis of stakeholders and publics, use of social media for research impact and working with policy makers.

ODA calls are highly competitive and pathways to impact statements are critical in selection processes.

This 2 hour introduction outlines key approaches to maximising research impact to secure ODA research funding.

There will also be a full day masterclass for maximising the aid impacts of research for a limited number of selected staff.

Introductory session:

  • Develops understanding of the strategic significance of impact planning for securing research funding
  • 5 ways to fast track your research impact
  • Strategic fit and ODA compliance

Delivered By: Prof Mark Reed (see more about Prof Reed by following the link below)


This session will be followed by a masterclass 11:30-16:00 for those staff staff with most aid-relevant research interests. You can view the outline and joining instructions by following this link:

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