What is Research Making Impact?

Research Making Impact (RMI) is a comprehensive professional development program designed to support Academics in developing confidence and capability to define the potential pathways to social, economic, cultural and environmental impact. RMI will also build basic capabilities in critical interpersonal and technical skills required for the successful engagement of external partners, collaborators and funding bodies to make positive change in the world.

RMI is a collaboration between UNSW Founders and Knowledge Exchange.

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Any UNSW Academic who is curious about creating impact with their research through working with external partners and/or commercialisation, but with little to no experience in this area.

UNSW Founders has a separate program (Entrepreneurial HDR - eHDR) for UNSW Higher Degree Researchers (HDRs) – current and alumni.

Gain the skills, capabilities and awareness to take your research to make real, positive change in the world:

  • Define your value, external partners, stakeholders, and pathways to impact based on your research area and career goals
  • Understand the basic UNSW legal processes and policies involved in working with external partners, start-up/spin outs, including the basics of Intellectual Property (IP), Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and Conflict of Interest
  • Confidently and clearly communicate your value to diverse audiences, including utilising media channels and networking events to start to connect with potential collaborators
  • Utilise tools to plan your career for maximum impact, and be connected to relevant UNSW support services for future capability development

Experienced UNSW Academics from diverse research areas will assist participants to reflect on their research to gain new perspectives, as well as how to communicate with those who will help achieve impact.

Participants who complete the RMI program and fulfil requirements will be eligible for a UNSW approved digital badge that can be added to their LinkedIn profile.

RMI is a 4-week program consisting of weekly 2.5-hour live workshops and short self-led, post-workshop exercises.

Participants are required to attend all 4 workshops and complete exercises to support learning outcomes being achieved.

Upon completion of the program RMI participants will become part of a MS Teams RMI - Research Impact community for on-going peer contact, opportunities, news and further development.

Term 1 2021 RMI program

Workshop dates:

Tuesday - March 8, 15, 22, 29 (9.30am to 12pm) – virtual
Wednesday -  March 9, 16, 23, 30 (1pm to 3.30pm) – in person

Term 2 2021 RMI program

Workshop dates: 

Tuesday – May 31, June 7, 14, 21 (9.30am to 12pm) – in person
Thursday  – June 2, 9, 16, 23 (9.30am to 12pm) – in person

Term 3 2021 RMI program

Workshop dates: 

Wednesday – Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 (9.30am to 12pm) – virtual
Thursday – Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 (1pm to 3.30pm) – in person

Complete the RMI Expression of Interest form to submit your interest in participating in a RMI program. Click here to access the RMI EOI form.

Research Making Impact is a collaboration between UNSW Founders and Knowledge Exchange.

If you have a question or want to make contact with the RMI team please email researchmakingimpact@unsw.edu.au