Impact Stakeholders

Who do I need for my research? Who needs me?

Stakeholders for Impact

Research is not carried out alone but often in collaboration with other researchers or parties outside the scientific community. You may need technology or data provided by others, access to facilities and test subjects, interviewees or patients. These other entities researchers collaborate with can become your research partners who not only provide valuable input, information or access needed to carry out the research, but can also benefit from the results directly. These partners or customers are often called stakeholders.  

In order to fulfil the call criteria and be successful, stakeholder participation in the research project as active partners is a must. 

When it comes to research funding, many funding calls are top-down with the expected impact given in the call text. For example, in the Horizon Europe (HEU) funding programme calls are mostly challenge-based and require a multidisciplinary approach. In order to fulfil the call criteria and be successful, stakeholder participation in the research project as active partners is a must.  

 

Stakeholders' Roles and Partnerships

The categories used here (scientific community, policy and decision-makers and operational authorities, indudustry, and end-users such as citizens) are not mutually exclusive and same entities can be in more than one category. For example, end-users can be companies which can be partners in your research project, or you may involve cities as a test environment but they can also end up using your solution.

It all comes down to the universities' third mission: contributing to the society and economy at large.

UN SDGs and solving global challenges require partnerships between all parties. When recognizing the link between your research and relevant UN SDGs, you may also be able to identify new stakeholders for your research.  Could there be NGOs or policy makers who would be interested in your research results?

It all comes down to the universities' third mission: contributing to the society and economy at large.