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Research impact evidence

Guide to finding research impact evidence that may be used in research impact statements

Research impact

The verifiable outcomes that research makes to knowledge, health, the economy and/or society. Impact is the effect of the research after it has been adopted, adapted for use, or used to inform further research.
National Health and Medical Research Council 

NHMRC identifies four specific types of impact:

A note on which outputs to include evidence from:

The case study reflecting research impact may relate to your whole CV or a subset of research activities. Metrics and evidence will need to be sourced to match the publications/contribution directly related to the case study.

It may also be useful to contextualise the contribution to the impact study in terms of your whole career.


To track your influence, attention and impact in some systems, it is necessary to have an ORCID that is up-to-date and linked to UQ - see ORCID iD and researcher identifiers for instructions.

Gather your research impact evidence

Download the Research Impact Evidence Worksheet from this page (use your UQ account to log in)

Use this worksheet* to help gather research impact evidence from available library sources.
*worksheet designed specifically to collect evidence for NHMRC Investigator and Synergy grant applications.


Please come to a Research impact evidence and metrics drop-in session for support in gathering this information.

Drop-in session times and locations are on the library training page