Impact Success Stories: The Global Impact of UK Research

Working to raise awareness of the value and impact of UK research, we collected 11 of our favourite impact success stories that show how UK research is improving the lives of people around the world.

These eleven impact success stories demonstrate the importance of science and research to sustainable international development, and the UK’s contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The success stories were compiled through a collaborative effort by UK research funders including FCDO, UKRI, BEIS, DHSC and Wellcome. 

They provide an overview of the UK research’s contribution to improving the lives of people globally, from building the case for climate action and reducing the threat of malaria, to understanding the multidimensional nature of poverty and tackling HIV/AIDS.

They focus on achieving impact through long-term, large-scale, and cross-funded investments.  Overall, they underscore the value of a multidisciplinary approach aligned with the holistic ethos of the SDGs. 

On 29th September, UKCDR hosted a virtual event ‘Research enablers for impact – accelerating the impact of the UK’s investment in international development research’. This lunchtime dialogue led a strategic discussion on how to enable, accelerate and evaluate the impact of the UK’s investment in international development research.

Watch the recording of this event below:

Opening keynote remarks: 

Sir Patrick Vallance, UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor


Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies


  • Nupur Barua, Head of South Asia Research Hub, FCDO
  • Eunice Muthengi, Ag. Head – East Africa Research Hub, Research and Evidence Division (RED), FCDO
  • Helen Fletcher, Head of International Development, UKRI
  • Nyovani Madise, Director of Research and Development Policy & Head of the Malawi office, African Institute for Development Policy

Impact Success Stories

Read the eleven impact success stories below: