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Research Engagement and Impact

A new Engagement and Impact (EI) Assessment was announced in December 2015 as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate how researchers are engaging with end-users and translating their research into economic, social and other benefits. The first full assessment will occur in 2018 as a companion to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Prior to this, a pilot assessment exercise will occur in 2017.

2017 Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot (EIAP)

The two elements of the exercise will be assessed separately:


  • This will involve metric indicators (comprising  quantitative information on patent and patent citation data, research income analyses, research outputs analyses and  co-supervision of HDR students) and a narrative statement that describes the engagement activities and provides context for the indicators;
  • Reference period for indicators and narrative: 1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2013;
  • FoRs to be piloted: 03 (Chemical Science), 11 (Medical and Health Science), 21 (History and Archaeology), 22 (Philosophy and Religious Studies).


  • This will involve impact studies (qualitative information that details the approach to supporting and enabling impact, impact achieved, and underpinning research that led to the impact) supplemented with quantitative information if any is available;
  • Reference period for impacts that have occurred: 1 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2016;
  • Reference period for impact evidence (i.e. underpinning research produced by the institution): 1 Jan 2002 – 31 Dec 2016;
  • FoRs to be piloted: 05 (Environmental Sciences), 07 (Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences), 09 (Engineering), 13 (Education), 19 (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing), 20 (Language, Communication and Culture);
  • Institutions will also have the option to submit an interdisciplinary impact study and an Indigenous research impact study.

Of the 10 FoRs to be tested, UC will be submitting material for FoRs 11, 06, 13, 19 and 20. The deadline for submissions is 18 May 2017. Following this, review panels comprising a mix of experts from academia and end-users of research will assess institutional submissions.

Research Services will oversee the preparation of data and material for our submissions.