Research & Innovation Services

Launch of the new Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

IAA Launch 2017We are delighted to announce that the University of Bath has secured a further Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award of £1.4 million until 2020. Our launch event took place on Wednesday 12th April 2017 and was co-hosted by Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, and Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services.

Professor Jonathan Knight, says: “The IAA allows researchers to work with businesses and external organisations to build on their EPSRC-funded research in order to create benefits for the economy or for wider society. I know that our researchers will use this fund to develop closer links with those who can use their research and expertise.”

Dr Jon Hunt, says: “Our approach to ‘accelerating impact’ is to grow the number of research collaborations with external partners who are well placed to commercialise knowledge. We are launching new business/organisational networks in broad areas of research capability to support the development of new research collaborations”.

IAA funding, from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has been awarded to the University since October 2012. Before that, Bath also benefited from a competitively awarded £3.4m Knowledge Transfer Account.

The funding provides resources for academics to advance routes to impact, based on past EPSRC grant activity.

Funding will also be available for academics to benefit from the training provided by the world leading SETsquared Partnership.

The current IAA call has a closing date of Wednesday 17 May 2017, with a further four funding calls anticipated over the next two years.

A dedicated budget has also been set aside within each IAA of the GW4 Universities, funding collaborations between the four universities.

Further information on the new IAA.

For any IAA enquiries please contact:

Alice Hovanessian, Project Coordinator for Institutional Funding
Email: A.Hovanessian@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4583