About the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

The ESRC IAA funding will enable our academics to build new and to strengthen existing relationships with non-academic partners. It will greatly enhance the ways in which our research can make a real and positive difference to the world by enabling our researchers to respond dynamically and flexibly to partnership opportunities as they arise.

The scheme, which runs until March 2019, has four funding streams providing a ladder of progression through which potential partnerships can be initiated and developed to enable more productive relationships. The ESRC IAA handbook offers comprehensive guidance, while brief further guidance on writing an application has been collated as a result of feedback from recent funding rounds.

Funding StreamAward AvailableAimApplication FormCurrent Deadlines

Impact Cultivation

£3,000 To initiate and develop contacts and networks with collaborators from beyond the academic sector. ESRC IAA Impact Cultivation Application Form  Closed
Social Policy Network £3,000 To facilitate engagement between academic researchers and key public policy formers and influencers. ESRC IAA Social Policy Network ApplicationESRC IAA Social Policy Network Application
Project Co-creation £20,000 For the exploration, development and implementation of findings from social science research with committed non-academic partners. ESRC IAA Project Co-creation Fund Application Closed
Knowledge Exchange Fellowship £20,000 To deepen existing links between social scientists and non-academic organisations by enabling academics to work in a non-academic organisation or for an external partner to work at the University. ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Application Closed
Rapid Response Up to £2,000 (up to £5,000 under exceptional circumstances) To enable social scientists to respond quickly to urgent, rare or unforeseen events, or to take advantage of time-limited opportunities with the potential for all types of non-academic impact across all sectors. 2-page overview of scheme. ESRC IAA Rapid Response Application Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Business Boost Initiator Up to £10, 000 To enable researchers and businesses to scope new collaborations. ESRC IAA Business Boost Initiator applicationESRC IAA Business Boost Initiator application
28th September 2018
Business Boost Secondments Up to £10,000 To enable academic or student exchanges with businesses to scope social science questions in an organisation or sector. ESRC IAA Business Boost Secondment ApplicationESRC IAA Business Boost Secondment Application
28th September 2018