What is research impact?

In the Australian context we are currently working with the ARC's definition:

Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia. (ARC, Research Impact Principles and Framework)

Also useful from the UK Research Excellence Framework exercise is the following:

Impact includes, but is not limited to, an effect on, change or benefit to: the activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice, process or understanding of an audience, beneficiary, community, constituency, organisation or individuals, in any geographic location whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Impact includes the reduction or prevention of harm, risk, cost or other negative effects. ( REF, 2011, Assessment framework and guidance on submissions , p. 26.)

UNE impact strategy

Achieving research impact is embedded in UNE’s Research Plan 2016–2020 across a range of strategies. Central to UNE’s research plan is our engagement in the creation, development and application of knowledge, with the key aim of influencing the future through excellence in research that impacts society. UNE aims to excel in articulating and implementing ideas that contribute to solving the problems facing our society and global communities.

As an engaged university, we work to ensure that our research is relevant and responsive to the challenges facing us today and insightful towards the future needs of individuals and communities at all levels.

We will continue to build research excellence and develop a culture where achieving impact with our research is an integral part of our academic life that is both rewarding and rewarded, and institutionally acknowledged and supported.