Publication, acknowledgment of support and impact of research

Publication and Acknowledgement of Support

EPSRC attaches great importance to the dissemination of research results. We expect results to be published. Financial support from EPSRC must be acknowledged in all publications and other forms of media communication, including media appearances, press releases and conferences. This is essential in helping to publicise EPSRC’s work and providing an indicator of the success of its investment. Acknowledgements should identify the type of EPSRC support and quote the grant reference number where possible.

Exploitation of Results

The EPSRC strongly encourages the exploitation of the results of research. Where results of industrial or commercial value emerge from projects, investigators are required to make suitable arrangements for exploitation and take up by industry.

The EPSRC makes no claim to the intellectual property rights arising from research that it supports.

Demonstrating Potential Impact

The excellent research funded by the UK Research Councils has a huge impact on the wellbeing and economy of the UK. Working together with our wider communities and other partners, we want to ensure that these impacts are effectively demonstrated and supported throughout the research lifecycle and beyond. This will add value, stimulate interest from wider stakeholders - including the general public - and, where needed, actively highlight the need for continued investment in the research base.

The onus rests with applicants to demonstrate how they will achieve this excellence with impact, bearing in mind that impacts can take many forms and be promoted in different ways.

The Research Councils describe impact as the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. Impact embraces all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations by:

  • Fostering global economic performance, and specifically
    • Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy.
  • Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output.

This accords with the Royal Charters of the Councils and with HM Treasury guidance on the appraisal of economic impact.

The EPSRC is committed to the principles below, as articulated in the Research Councils UK Expectations for Societal and Economic Impact:

The Research Councils give their funding recipients considerable flexibility and autonomy in the delivery of their research, postgraduate training and knowledge transfer activities. This flexibility and autonomy encompasses project definition, management, collaboration, participation, promotion and the dissemination of research outputs; this approach enables excellence with impact.

In return, the EPSRC expects, wherever appropriate, those who receive funding to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the wider environment and context in which their research takes place.
  • Engage actively with the public at both the local and national levels about their research and its broader implications.
  • Identify potential benefits and beneficiaries from the outset, and through the full life cycle of the project(s).
  • Maintain professional networks that extend beyond their own discipline and research community.
  • Publish results widely – considering the academics, user and public audiences for research outcomes.
  • Exploit results where appropriate, in order to secure social and economic return to the UK.
  • Manage collaborations professionally, in order to secure maximum impact without restricting the future progression of research.
  • Ensure that research staff and students develop research, vocational and entrepreneurial skills that are matched to the demands of their future career paths.
  • Take responsibility for the duration, management and exploitation of data for future use.
  • Work in partnership with the Research Councils for the benefit of the UK.
  • The expectations clarify the position of the Research Councils with respect to impact, rather than introducing a new approach. Many of these expectations are already incorporated into Research Council processes and guidance, for example exploitation is addressed within grant terms and conditions, and continuing professional development through the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

Evaluation

The EPSRC has established mechanisms through which the portfolio of work it supports can be analysed and evaluated.

Programme evaluations provide a better understanding of subject balance and the quality of work within the programmes. These evaluations provide an objective and retrospective view to sit alongside other key drivers in shaping the EPSRC’s policy and strategy during the business planning process.