We undertake the collection and reporting of research engagement and impact data at ACU, and collaborate with faculties and institutes to encourage, facilitate and promote research engagement and impact.
What is research engagement?
Research engagement is the interaction between researchers and research end-users (including industry, government, non-governmental organisations, communities, and community organisations), for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods or resources. Essentially, research impact is the contribution that research makes to economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research.
Why is research engagement important?
Engagement with researchers benefits the community by bringing much needed expertise to solving complex real-world problems. It improves the health, wellbeing and prosperity of individuals, organisations and communities. Engagement with ‘end-users’ benefits researchers by enabling them to understand and solve real world problems, providing access to research participants and intervention sites, and increasing the competitiveness of their grant applications.