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Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017 - 2020

The University of St Andrews is one of 33 Universities in the UK with an Impact Acceleration Account from EPSRC, which is intended to promote and increase the impact of the institution’s EPSRC funded research.  We have been awarded IAA funding in the region of £570k for the period 2017-2020.

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account is intended to:

  • Strengthen user/academic engagement
  • Strengthen the exchange of knowledge through culture and capability development
  • Support KE and commercialisation in the early stages, by progressing research outputs/outcomes to the point where they would be supported by other funding
  • Support activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner including secondments and people exchange

The University of St Andrews proposes to use the funding to provide support mainly in two areas

  • Project development - at the early and later stages of impact, to the point where projects would be supported by other funding. The previous two calls have focussed on this area.
  • Researcher development – training, networking, building external relationships and ‘people exchange’

Most projects will be awarded following rolling open calls, but some funds will be set aside for centrally organised activities, such as training and networking events.

The University particularly welcomes applications from anyone who has not applied for EPSRC IAA funding before. The applicant does not have to be the PI on an earlier EPSRC grant, or even working in an ‘EPSRC discipline’, as long as the proposed project builds on some EPSRC funded research. Please see the Guidance Notes and Application Form for more details.

Application Process and funding available

  • The next open call will be from Friday 1st June 2018 to the deadline of 5.00 p.m. Friday 31stth August 2018. This call is intended for projects which are due to start from October 2018 onwards.
  • This call will focus on ‘researcher development’ and ‘people exchange’ including 
  1. Visits or events to establish new or build existing relationships with external partners
  2. Attendance at training or CPD related to generation of impact
  3. Attendance at industry (or other impact focussed) events
  4. Placements and exchanges over a period of time.  
  • Projects with external academic partners will also be eligible if there is a clear plan to build relationships, develop joint plans, or build teams to create impact.
  • The suggested maximum for this call is £5k per application.
  • Smaller top-ups for existing projects (up to a maximum of £5k) will also be considered, particularly if there is an element of people exchange or researcher development as described.
  • The review panel will meet in late September or early October 2018. Applications will be reviewed by a panel including VP Research, Director of Knowledge Transfer Centre, Research Impact Officers, Directors of Research and/or Impact from relevant Schools.
  • We aim to communicate to successful and unsuccessful applicants within 5 working days from the review panel meeting
  • IAA funded projects are generally expected to be in the region of 3 months to 1 year. Longer projects are not excluded, but applicants should have clear milestones delineated, with the more immediate and later priorities clearly outlined.
  • All spend on IAA funded projects should be completed by no later than end February 2020 so that we are within the EPSRC’s March 31st 2020 spend deadline for the whole institutional grant.
  • All applications should be emailed to by given deadlines copying in your Director of Impact, so that they are aware of your proposal.   You should have discussed discuss your ideas with your Director of Impact before submission, and we will require a short email of support from the DOI at application.
  • You can include letters or emails of support from any non-academic partners with your application to show that there is non-academic interest in your project.
  • Please contact FAS where applicable for costings related to your application.
  • Please email well in advance of the deadline, if you have any enquiries about your proposal

NEW - Fast Track application process from September 2018

  • Applications for up to a maximum of £2.5k will be considered at any time from September 2018.
  • This is intended to cover opportunities to create impact which arise outside the open call deadlines, and as a route for those with current IAA funding to take up unforeseen opportunities, which have arisen since original application.
  • Amount of funding available for fast track applications is dependent on funding remaining after open calls.

Conditions of funding

All EPSRC IAA funded researchers will be expected to:

  • Maintain a record in Pure, keeping any evidence of impact as it occurs during and after the project ends.  For all successful applicants, Research Impact Officers will start a new impact record, or add to an existing record in Pure, using information provided at the application stage.
  • Contribute to any annual events such as IAA Showcase days, e.g. provide poster, demo or short presentation
  • Report on progress with their project, usually half way through and at the end of the project. Outcomes from IAA funding must be available for our institutional level annual reporting to EPSRC
  • Ensure that IAA funding is spent within time limits. All spend on the total IAA grant allocated to the university must be completed by 31st March 2020 with no option of extension. Individuals should keep track of spend on grant and ensure that they keep to own project deadlines.

Businesses and researchers can learn about previous and previously funded EPSRC IAA and Global Challenges projects on the IAA Showcase section of this site or go to the IAA Showcase website which gives information about an event held in March 2017

Business engagement video case studies can also be viewed on the business engagement section of this site.

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