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Kudos Unveils Headline Results From the Bridging the Divide Project
Kudos revealed headline results from its Bridging the Divide project, which “gathered input from researchers, university administrators, funders and others with a role or interest in ensuring that research engages and benefits audiences beyond academia. It was led by Kudos, and sponsored by The International Center for the Study of Research, the American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Brill Publishers, Karger Publishers and Royal Society of Chemistry.” The study came from “desk research and teleinterviews with a survey of over 10,000 researchers, exploring motivations, responsibilities, target audiences, channels and metrics relating to broader impacts.”
Findings include the following:
- The majority (95.3% of respondents) want to achieve broader impacts with their work
- The most frequently cited motivations for wanting to achieve broader impacts were a desire to solve real-world problems (65.8%); to make a difference to others (61.9%); and to improve perceptions of the value of research (53.4%)
- Almost three quarters of respondents (73.7%) agreed that the growing focus on broader impacts has resulted in more collaboration between the academic and non-academic sectors, with 77.0% saying this is expected or encouraged by their employer and yet 9% said they are not given enough support in this area
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