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Getting started

The Science Impacts Database (SID) gives public access to case studies showing the policy, economic, social and practical impacts of NERC's science investments and top science achievements. Begin browsing the database by clicking the 'Browse' link on the blue menu bar (above). Alternatively, the 'New additions' link will allow you to see all entries added in the last two months (see Filtering below).

Browse the database

Arrange the data in ascending or descending alphabetical or date order by clicking the column titles. This 'summary level' data will show you each case study's unique reference number, when it became visible to the public (went live) along with the case study's title.

Titles are hyperlinks to the full detail held on that case study. Select a case study title to view a detailed description of the case study, the impact the case study has had or where it has been used. You can see the funding given to the case study along with the researchers or Research & Collaborative Centres who contributed to it.

Exporting the data

You can export information from SID and save it as a Word or XML document. Whenever you do export case studies we ask that you tell us (anonymously) who you work for - public sector, private sector, etc - and what you hope to use the data for. This will give us a measure of how this information is being used externally, for development and possible reporting purposes.


You can filter the data in the database to more easily find case studies of interest. The filter button (top right above the summary table) takes you to a page where you can set the filters. You can filter on anything from creation date through interest and impact to funding partners, usage and keyword. Simply set the filters you want to use and click the 'Set filters' button. You will be returned to the summary table with your chosen filters set (filter button turns green).

Please note, when looking at the 'new additions', your filters are automatically set to look for case studies added in the last two months. To return to the full list, you should clear your filters (small green button to the right of the Filter button).

Visiting the homepage will reset all filters.

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As an alternative to filtering, you can search the database. The search button (top right above the summary table) allows you to enter keywords which will be used in your search. You can also use the search feature in the menu bar to quickly find case studies matching the words you enter.

Whilst all records will be searched, only the first 100 can be displayed at any one time.
Search results cannot be further filtered.

Logging in

If you have been asked to log in to enter or edit data, use the 'Log in' link in the menu bar and enter the username and password you were sent. If you have a Je-S account, you can use your Je-S username and password to log in. Detailed online help is then available from the help buttons at the bottom of most pages. You must allow cookies from this site if you wish to log in (see our privacy policy).

Getting help

If you need any more help, you need to report a problem or have a suggestion for improvement please use our web form to get in touch with us ('contact us' link, top right).

Technical requirements

SID is developed to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards and as such should operate on any W3C fully compliant browser. The application has been designed to operate at a minimum screen resolution of 800x600 pixels.

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