Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

Our Impact

Our impact towards creating a transformed applied asthma research culture and environment

Cover from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Impact Report 2014-2024
Cover from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Impact Report 2014-2024

Ten years of impact

Since the inception of the Centre in 2014, our overall aim has been to improve the lives of people with asthma. Reflecting on our work, while guided by our Theory of Change approach (see below), the Centre has produced a 10-year Impact Report. 

Our key impacts

  • Brought in over £83 million of funding into asthma research
  • Made asthma research a priority, with over 750 scientific publications 
  • Pushed the boundaries of patient and public involvement with more than 100 engaged members in our patient and public involvement group
  • Trained the next generation of asthma researchers, supporting over 50 doctoral students and research fellows 
  • Established a unique collaborative research environment of over 22 academic, NHS and other collaborating institutions from across the UK
  • Continuing to transform respiratory research culture 

Read our Impact Report

Read our 4-page Impact Summary

Mapping our Impact graphic detailing the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research's routes to impact

Theory of Change approach 

The Theory of Change approach is a methodology which links what we do (Our inputs) to our intended outcomes. It enables us to define our long-term goals and then maps our key actions to achieve those goals. In the process of achieving the Centre’s goals, we hope to create wider social, clinical, and personal impacts. 

Our graphic outlines the five strands of work where the Centre is focussing its actions towards impact: Core Infrastructure, Postgraduate Training, Patient and Public Involvement, High Quality Research, and Systems for Engagement. These five pillars produce outputs which create outcomes and impact from the Centre.  

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Our actions towards impact

The pages below outline the work we are doing towards impact. 

High Quality Research Processes and Outputs

Examples of research processes and outputs in the Centre
Increasing collaborative research grants and publications between network members

UK-wide respiratory Patient and Public Involvement network

three members of the Patient and Public Involvement group smiling and laughing
Leading Best Practice for Patient and Public Involvement in respiratory research

Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement

Examples of advocacy and stakeholder engagement activities in the Centre
Helping external stakeholders understand the value of collaborative research and be aware of and use our research outputs

Multi-disciplinary training

postgraduate platform members of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research
Increasing expertise in respiratory research

Supportive Core Infrastructure

Multiple people's hands reaching together
The best practice in research networking