The impact of your research is an important criterion in the evaluation of your Horizon 2020 application. Rita Clancy, chief executive of Eurida Research Management, explains how to demonstrate it convincingly.
When you apply for funding from Horizon 2020, you need to explain how you will achieve ‘impact’. Many experts have given advice on how to write the impact section of a proposal, and training courses promise to teach how to build a successful project impact strategy.
However, many applications—even those with high scores for ‘excellence’—still fail to convince evaluators of the high impact they will achieve. And the focus is indeed on the impact a project will demonstrably realise, not the theoretical impact that might result from a project once the scientific or technological outputs have been delivered.