Our reason for being

Our vision is to unveil the incredible research that is being done around the world so that it can be impactful in making the world a better place.

Our Mission

We achieve our vision through specialised training solutions, consulting, and global membership for researchers and research support staff. We unite global expertise to support local expertise and save you time by making it easier for your research to be accessible.

As a B1G1 Business for good, we incorporate purpose and meaning to our business through giving. Together, with our clients, we are making a difference in the world by doing what we do every day.

Take a look at our impact.

Do you want to change the world but feel frustrated or unsupported by the process of creating an impact?

Despite your best efforts, and indeed successes, do you feel like you are treading water or simply not moving forward?

It’s not easy to create research impact. We make it easier.

The Research Impact Academy can help you get the right information, to the right person, at the right time and in a format they can understand, to inspire its uptake.

See why you should work with us

Core values

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Inspire action

Everything we deliver and create contains elements to inspire

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Catalyst for change

Use out of the box thinking to deliver innovative transformations

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Solutions not problems

Think forward, provide solutions, positivity and optimism

Our Valued Clients & Partners

Research Impact Clients

Welcome!

Tamika Heiden

Dr Tamika Heiden

Founder and Managing Director

Hi there, my name is Dr Tamika Heiden and I’m excited to introduce you to the Research Impact Academy. 

Helping researchers to fulfil their dreams and deliver meaningful change to society is a vision of mine that I hope to share with you too.

In just four years, we’ve helped researchers around the world to secure over A$20 million in funding. I’m incredibly proud of how they’ve turned their learnings with us into meaningful impact and can’t wait to share how we can help you find extraordinary success too.

Have a think back to your early steps on the research path―what values sparked your decision to set out in this direction? Maybe you were a bit like me and wanted to change the world. I really wanted to discover new things, help people and make a difference somehow.

These values have stayed with me, but I’ve realised that the discovery of new evidence alone doesn’t always get used to make that difference. I’ve realised the need to work in new ways to ensure findings reach the people who need to see it or use it. If you can relate to this, pathways to impact could be the solution you’re looking for.

Research impact is a powerful force for positive change and is fast becoming an essential survival skill for researchers around the world. It’s about having a pathway that gest the right information, to the right people, at the right time and in the right format―it makes connections and shares knowledge between research, policy and practice to create change.

Driven to reimagine the possibilities and revolutionise knowledge sharing to create a better world, I’ve developed world-leading research translation and impact services to equip you with the latest skills and expertise.

Meet our team and check out our advisory board.

Frequently asked questions

  • WHERE DO YOU WORK?

    We’re available to run workshops online or face-to-face in any location around the world – reach out and we’ll work out a solution that best meets your needs!

  • HOW WILL YOU HELP ME TO SECURE FUNDING?

    We’ll help you to plan for, implement, capture and demonstrate research impact so that you tell a compelling story about the immense value of your research to society, and why funding it will make a profound difference.

    We provide advice, feedback and a critical review on your overarching grant concept and how it’s articulated. While we don’t review your science, we do look at any sections or themes on research impact and translation. We’ll advise on how you’re articulating the value of your research and the strength of your stakeholder involvement.

  • I HAVE NO TIME – WILL YOU CREATE MORE WORK FOR ME?

    Investing a little time now in research impact and translation know-how can save you time throughout your career on research and support you to secure funding.

  • DO YOU WORK WITH RESEARCHERS BEYOND HEALTH AND MEDICINE?

    Every researcher holds a profound potential to create impact. No matter what you specialise in, we’re here to help and are proud to have happy clients in health, environment, business, engineering, hydrology, education, design and social sciences – to name just a few!

  • I’M A BASIC SCIENTIST, HOW WILL RESEARCH IMPACT HELP ME?

    Research impact will transform the pure knowledge of your research in any science so that it is useful to diverse user groups. Examples include new scientific techniques and methods, policy, practice, system or behaviour change.

  • CAN YOU HELP WITH MY RESEARCH IMPACT PLAN?

    Research impact plans are now a common funding requirement that can make or break your success. We work with researchers to plan their research impact strategies and articulate these in their funding applications.

  • CAN I DISCUSS MY RESEARCH IMPACT PROGRESS WITH YOU?

    Our members join us for monthly interactive webinars and mastermind sessions with our founder and international research impact experts. Ask questions and get advice from the world’s impact thought leaders, we’re here to help!

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