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 Application Form 4pm Friday 29th September, 2017
Social Policy Network £3,000 To facilitate engagement between academic researchers and key public policy formers and influencers Application Form 4pm Friday 29th September, 2017
Project Co-creation £20,000 For the exploration, development and implementation of findings from social science research with committed non-academic partners Application Form 4pm Tuesday 27th February, 2018
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 Application Form 4pm Tuesday 27th February, 2018

 Update - additional funds:

  • GCRF: Economic Development and Welfare Scheme (EDWAS)

Aims and objectives: The purpose of the scheme is: to enable social scientists to build relationships and provide opportunities through which the potential social and economic benefit of existing social science research can be realised; and to maximise the impact of existing social science research related to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Deadline: Friday 29 September 2017, 4PM
EDWAS Application Form and compliance statement.