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Pathways to Impact are a required part of UKRI grant proposals. In response to a recent report from STFC exploring why Pathways to Impact weren't necessarily delivering impact-generating activities as anticipated, it was found that much clearer information and expectations of what constitutes high-quality Pathways to Impact was required, and thus this guidance document was written. As the introduction to the document explains, "Given the level of competition for research funding, a well-written Pathways to Impact can make the difference between a proposal being funded, rejected, or supported in a timely manner."

The document is intended to be used by those planning their research proposals, and also to be of use as their work progresses. It is also intended to support peer reviewers and panel members to understand what constitutes high quality Pathways to Impact planning.

The document runs through a number of key questions to ask yourself throughout planning, and includes examples of Pathways to Impact with associated feedback. In addition it handily summarises what the common characteristics of high versus poor quality Pathways to Impact look like:

Poor vs high quality PtI

You can download and read the guidance document here.