The new report 'Making a difference: Impact report 2017' hot-off-the-press from the AMRC (Association of Medical Research Charities) summarises how 40 of their members tracked the research impact of their funding activities.
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Researchfish was used by the charities to collect data from funded research carried out over a 4 year period with 5,287 awards worth more than £1.6 billion.
The research outcomes were grouped into five areas of impact:
Generating new knowledge: 28,646 publications, tools and methods, databases and models were generated.
Translating research ideas into new products and services: 762 protected and licensed intellectual properties, spin out companies, medical products and interventions, software products and technical products were generated.
Creating evidence that will influence policy or other stakeholders: 9,462 policy influences and engagement activities resulted.
Stimulating further research via new funding or partnerships: 10,958 further funding and partnerships were leveraged.
Developing the human capacity to do research: 8,940 new positions and awards and recognitions were achieved.
The 64,000 outputs assessed demonstrated that all charities regardless of size can have an impact.
"Analysis of the data also offers an insight into what type of outcomes a funder may expect to see linked to their awards and when they are likely to occur after a grant has started. Looking at how impacts are spread across the cause/cure/care continuum, it is clear that more translational outputs would be expected in cure awards than care or cause and that more engagement and influence on policy would be expected in care than cause or cure."
"Charity-funded research not only benefits patients. It also makes a vital contribution to the UK life sciences sector and economy. Funding from almost a third of our membership leveraged £2bn in further funding from UK and international companies and created 39 spin out companies," the report concluded.
The full report, 'Making a difference: Impact report 2017' can be found on the AMRC website.