Public Engagement and Impact


Pathways to Impact for research grants

According to RCUK:

"A clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement is an essential component of research proposals and a condition of funding. Grants will not be allowed to start until a  clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement is received"

"Public engagement may be included as one element of your Pathway to Impact. Engaging the public with your research can improve the quality of research and its impact, raise your profile, and develop your skills. It also enables members of the public to act as informed citizens and can inspire the next generation of researchers."

Read some RCUK case studies of public engagement in Pathway to Impact.

You can also contact a member of the University of Cambridge public engagement team for advice on planning and budgeting your Pathway to Impact in Research Council grant applications and similar elements in other research funding applications.

Further support for completing your Pathways to Impact can be found on the RCUK website and on individual Research Council websites here:


National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The NCCPE helps Universities and the public engage by offering expert advice, training and resources. Their site includes information on funding opportunities including how public engagement can contribute to your Pathways to Impact plan.

Please contact the public engagement team if you would like one-to-one advice on any aspect of your public engagement work, planned or existing.



Public Engagement and Impact


General Public Engagement planning