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Impact Networks

The ESRC IAA is offering 2-3 awards of up to £8000 to build cross-faculty Impact Networks on research themes significant to current social science debate.

Networks must involve a minimum of two Social Sciences departments and bring together academics from outside existing research groups.

The aim of these networks will be to:
  • Extend the impact of Warwick research in key specialisms relevant to current policy, business or public debate.
  • Develop the reputation of the faculty and the university as experts in these areas to policy, media and public audiences.
  • Build cross-faculty networks to share best practice in the development and achievement of prominent impact activities.

We particularly encourage new networks but will consider existing networks who wish to extend their impact activities.

Impact Networks will be expected to:
  • Put on a high-profile impact event aimed at leading policy makers, practitioners, business leaders and/or third sector organisations with a view to achieving significant impact through these beneficiaries.
  • Write a briefing note, report, policy document or other communication piece suitable to the research audience showcasing the work and findings of the network.
  • Develop and maintain a mailing list of individuals and groups likely to benefit from the research with a view to cultivating these contacts to achieve impact.
  • Set up an internal network of academics and researchers working in the field to be used by Warwick Comms and the faculty as a means of gaining high quality and swift responses to media and other enquiries within the research area.
  • Provide information on both research and impact activities for the faculty website and the university communications team.
Those wishing to propose a network are asked to provide the following:
  1. A communication plan detailing the way in which the network will engage with the media and its research beneficiaries to communicate its research and cultivate impact.
  2. An impact plan indicating the impact activities proposed and how these will be used to achieve demonstrable and measurable impact. (In addition to an impact event, activities may include the production of video media, joint submissions to select committee, strategic interaction with policy makers, NGOs and lobbying organisations.) Note that although the impact activities are expected to be joint engagements, the IAA committee recognise that impact may be achieved on a joint or individual level. However, in this case impact plans should clearly demonstrate how each participant in the network will achieve impact.
  3. A Follow up plan which lays out methods of tracking and evidencing impact alongside the continued cultivation of research networks beyond the completion of the impact events.
  4. A statement of support signed by the Heads of Department of each academic.
  5. A breakdown of anticipated costs.

Each document should be no longer than one side of A4 and should be sent to the ESRC resource account: ESRCImpactAccount at warwick dot ac dot uk.

For further information please contact faculty impact officers Claire Gerard C dot Gerard at warwick dot ac dot uk and Stephanie Seavers S dot Seavers at warwick dot ac dot uk.