This guidance will help you to fill in the impact case study which should be uploaded as an attachment to the SurveyMonkey application form.
The case study is the material that will be shared with and assessed by the panels. Panel members will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, and to refrain from sharing the information with anyone else.
The information in the case study may also be used by NERC for other activities not related to the Impact Awards, for example in impact case studies published on the NERC website or shared within UKRI and government. Please mark any material not suitable for the public domain with ‘START CONFIDENTIAL’ and ‘END CONFIDENTIAL’.
You may also wish to read How to write the best impact case studies: feedback from the NERC Impact Awards panels, a blog by the panel chair for the 2018 NERC Impact Awards.
Main case study
The main case study should not exceed 4 pages in total and should be completed in Arial 11 point.
Short title summarising the impact
Summary of the impact
A plain English summary of the impact, maximum 100 words. Summarise what the benefits were, who benefitted, and the contribution of the NERC-funded activity.
- the key insights, findings, breakthroughs or achievements that led to the impact
- the role of the NERC funding in enabling the impact
Up to 6 references to key outputs from the underpinning activity described. Please number the references and refer to them in the appropriate sections of the underpinning activity section. Please link to a digital object identifier (DOI) where appropriate.
Details of the impact
Describe the impacts that have already been realised, specifying clearly what the benefits were and who or what has benefitted. Provide supporting evidence, including:
- key points of wider context to illustrate the significance of the impact
- the magnitude and significance of the impacts. Evidence may be quantitative data or qualitative information, for instance feedback or testimonials from impact beneficiaries
- who or what benefitted from the impact
- how the NERC-funded activity made a clear and significant contribution to the impact. Where the NERC-funded activity was part of a wider set of work that contributed to the impact (such as funding from other sources, or collaboration with other institutions), specify the particular contribution of the NERC-funded activity and acknowledge other key contributions
- approximate dates when the impacts occurred
For continued case studies, show clearly which impacts have materialised or come to light since the entry to a previous NERC Impact Awards competition (for more details see ‘Submitting impacts entered in previous NERC Impact Awards’ in the ‘Who can enter’ section).
- entries will be judged on the reach and significance of the impact achieved (see ‘How we will assess your entry’)
- in line with the definition of impact (see ‘What we’re looking for’), the panels will only assess impact already achieved (benefits already delivered). No account will be taken of anticipated or future potential impact, how the work was conducted or the effort put into delivering the impact
Sources to corroborate the impact
List up to 10 external sources that could provide additional corroboration of specific claims made in the case study. Where not already publicly available, this should be sources that could be made available if requested by a panel. Sources could include for example:
- reports, reviews, web links or other documented sources of information in the public domain
- confidential reports or documents
- factual statements from key users or beneficiaries that corroborate claims made in the case study
Annex: supplementary information
There is no page limit for this section. This information will be shared with the panels as supplementary information that they may refer to when assessing the impact case study. The information may also be used by NERC for other purposes not related to the Impact Awards, for example in impact case studies published on the NERC website or shared within UKRI and government.
Title, name and organisation of the lead applicant and any team members.
NERC funding received
Please provide grant references for funding received from NERC relevant to this work, as far back as possible. Where grant references are not available please provide title, principal investigator name and year.
Beyond the Impact Awards, this information will help us to make the case for funding for NERC and environmental science by enhancing our understanding of impact pathways, for instance the role of different funding mechanisms and funders, or the time from funding to impact.
Use of NERC infrastructure and resources
Where applicable, brief information about the use of any NERC research infrastructure or resources, such as ships, aircraft, polar bases, capital equipment, services and facilities, and data centres.
Beyond the Impact Awards, this information will help us to report and evaluate performance, and to make the case for future investments in research infrastructure and resources.
Funding from other sources
Where applicable, a brief summary of funding received from other funders (funder name and total amount) and other UKRI councils (grant references).
Beyond the Impact Awards, this information will help us to make the case for funding for NERC and environmental science by enhancing our understanding of impact pathways and the role of NERC funding.
Diversity and inclusion
NERC is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and inclusive environment for our research community, as described in our diversity and inclusion living action plan. Where applicable, please briefly explain how the impacts described in the case study contributed to, or could contribute to, diversity and inclusion.
Beyond the Impact Awards, this information will help us to develop diversity and inclusion strategy, report performance and celebrate success.