Whether translating research into a marketable product, patenting new technologies and inventions or changing policy and engaging young people, King's College London supports its researchers to maximise the impact of their work.
UK Research & Innovation defines impact in the following ways:
- Academic Impact
The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academic advances, across and within disciplines, including significant advances in understanding, methods, theory and application.
- Economic & Societal Impacts
The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy, of benefit to individuals, organisations and nations.
These awards are a mechanism for sponsoring knowledge exchange and impact by supporting new innovative and imaginative projects. Click here to read more about the awards.
The Innovation Institutes work to encourage innovation and create impact. Whether by accelerating the translation of King's health research into a marketable products, helping turn King's research into actionable policy or facilitating collaborations between King’s and the cultural sector. Click here to discover our Innovation Institutes.
The team works closely with King’s academics to evaluate, protect and commercialise intellectual property (IP) arising from your research. The team has significant experience in the commercialisation of IP including Copyright, Database Rights, and Confidential Know-How. Click here for further information about their work or to search licensable technologies.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities and higher education colleges. The outcome of REF2014 determined how around £2 billion in research funding was allocated each year from 2015-16 to present.
King's College London submitted 137 impact case studies to REF2021. Visit the Spotlight section of the King's website to see some examples.
Impact & Engagement Services
The team provides free consultation on how to build high-quality, high-impact public engagement and patient involvement plans into research grant proposals. They offer support in the following ways:
- 1-ON-1 ADVICE AND SUPPORT - We provide advice on how to plan meaningful engagement with research, from identifying outcomes, honing your audiences to delivering programmes. We support all researchers across the university, ensuring we provide options to suit your situation.
- GRANT WRITING AND REVIEW - We work closely with key funders (esp. UKRI, Wellcome Trust & NIHR) and understand their expectations when it comes to impact, engagement and PPI. We use this insight to help you improve the relevant sections of research grants, providing guidance, suggestions and feedback as the grant develops.
- EVALUATION - We can bring in professional evaluation expertise to help you develop an outcome-focused approach to impact & engagement.
- TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING - We deliver training or help find a suitable freelance consultant/trainer from across our national and international networks to develop the skills that you and your team need.
- PROJECT COSTING - We can provide quick and reliable quotes for your proposed activities, working to a range of budgets and drawing on a wide range of services
- VENUE FOR HIRE - We can help you identify and hire suitable venues for your public engagement programmes, both inside and outside of King’s.
- LARGE-SCALE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES - We provide consultation on large-scale impact & engagement strategies for sizeable grants, centre bids and Doctoral Training Centre applications.
For researchers developing Arts & Sciences related grant applications, please contact Stephen Roberts (Research Engagement Manager).
For researchers developing Health related grant applications, please contact Jamie Dorey (Public Engagement Manager).
For advice on developing/delivering existing programmes, please contact Mel Davies (Public Engagement Manager).
King's Engaged Researcher Network
This network brings together researchers and public engagement professionals from across the university interested in developing, sharing and celebrating their public engagement practice. They run termly training workshops and have a monthly newsletter detailing opportunities to get hands-on experience, funding calls, resources and inspiring public engagement projects. Find out more on the KERN blog, and sign up to the newsletter here.
Public Engagement Small Grants
King's offers small grants of up to £1000 to PhD students, research staff and academics to support public engagement activities. Find out more and apply here.