Research Impact Support

The Research Performance team work closely with the UQ library, Sponsored Research, Global Change Institute and Marketing and Communications to provide support, best practice advice and training on research impact. 

What is ‘Research Impact’?

As defined by the Australian Research Council, research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research.

Impact Training and Support

Research Performance offer the Research Impact: Pathways, Planning and Proof Staff Development course via Zoom webinar.

This course is primarily for researchers, research administrators and professional staff who would like a better understanding of research impact, linking research activities with intended impacts, designing research projects for greater impact along with examples of impact and collection of evidence types using current systems available to UQ staff. This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand research impact, research pathways and related terminology
  • Become familiar with strategies to plan for research impact
  • Learn examples of research impact evidence and methods of evidence collection
  • Learn about UQ systems and organisational units which can support research impact.

UQ Library has information available on research impact evidence, impact of publications and impact of research partnerships to help with promotion of research impact and collection and demonstration of impact evidence. UQ Library also host staff development courses relating to research impact:

Sponsored Research is available to support competitive research grant applications.

Information presentations and session recordings on Grant Funding Schemes such as the NHMRC Investigator Grants and NHMRC Ideas Grants are also available. Previous sessions include:

The UQ Graduate School’s Career Development Framework (CDF) provides a range of free-of-charge development opportunities for you during your studies, including workshop which focus on research impact and engagement. For a full list of impact-related CDF workshops for HDR candidates, please follow the link below:

Impact Tracker

Impact Tracker is a platform for researchers to plan, capture and report on the impact and engagement of their research. It provides a platform for research projects to collect evidence of impact and engagement such as interviews, meetings, news articles, videos, photographs, reports, emails, tweets and more. Impact Tracker allows users to import publications and non-tradition research outputs and report on impact.

UQ staff can register an account and access Impact Tracker.

UQ Library also have a step-by-step guide to using Impact Tracker.

Research Impact Stories

The Performance Team partner with the Marketing and Communications to show how UQ research has impact. Through our five research impact themes, UQ connects people and capabilities from across the university to develop solutions to major global challenges:

  • Leading healthy lives
  • Building Better economies
  • Achieving resilient environments and livelihoods
  • Designing technology for tomorrow
  • Transforming societies

Research Impact stories should include five key elements to illustrate the process leading to societal, economic, environmental, technological or cultural benefits:

  • Research problem
  • Approach
  • Outcomes
  • Beneficiaries
  • Measurable Benefits

Global Change Institute (GCI)

The Global Change Institute (GCI) is a unique Australian research collaboration to draw together expertise from across UQ, industry, government and the community to address grand challenges and build a strong Australia within a competitive global economy. The GCI works to deliver research-driven discoveries across five key impact areas while connecting, convening, and catalysing large-scale transdisciplinary research initiatives that attract external investment​.

UQ Innovation brokers are skilled professional staff from diverse backgrounds who use collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to enhance transdisciplinary practice, drawing on UQ's research strengths (disciplines, infrastructure, networks).

If you require any support or further information on impact-related topics, please contact the team