Postdoctoral researchers and recent PhD graduates at the University of Bath can now apply for UKRI-EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding, to support opportunities that develop impact from your research.

Funds can be used to build on collaborative activities already underway, explore new opportunities, or build knowledge and skills to support future collaborations with a high probability of ‘impact’ – a beneficial change to society or the economy.

Activities might include feasibility studies, software development, the development of prototypes to secure industrial investment, or market research. These activities might raise the profile of your research and develop new opportunities for engagement and network-building with collaborators, engage or involve potential users or beneficiaries of your research through activities such as trade fairs, conferences, workshops, or public engagement. We would particularly encourage secondments that will exchange knowledge, skills and expertise.

Eligible costs

  • RA salary
  • Materials and consumables
  • Travel and subsistence (must be feasible within the latest COVID guidelines)
  • Event delivery and follow up
  • Equipment access
  • External consultancy, e.g., for market research or business planning
  • Other costs, where justified as necessary for the project

This grant pays 100% direct costs only, overhead costs are not eligible (80% full economic cost).

Criteria and essential requirements

  • Applications are invited from any discipline, but should be linked to previous EPSRC-funded research (can be a studentship), or the subject matter of the project must fall within the Engineering and Physical Sciences remit
  • The proposed activities must have a high probability of generating impact.
  • The project can involve working with collaborators and external organisations, but should not be a partner-led project such as ‘contract research’ (Note that, if your application is successful, a Collaboration Agreement will be required with each collaborating organisation)
  • There is no limit on this award, but the total amount available in the current call is £50k
  • The proposed activities must be deliverable on time and within budget
  • The earliest start date is 1 October 2021
  • Projects must be completed and funds fully spent by 31 March 2022 with no opportunity for extension beyond that time
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) should be a Postdoctoral Researcher or a Doctoral Student at the end of their studies (must be awarded their PhD by the proposed start date of the project)
  • At least one Co-Investigator (Co-I) must be a member of academic staff

To apply

Please a submit a short proposal (max 300 words) addressing the following questions:

Q1: Summarise what you would like to do with the funding, how it fits with your underpinning research, how it meets the criteria and how much it might cost (a PAM costing is not required at this stage).

Q2: Outline what impact you hope to achieve and how these activities will help you to deliver it.

Send your short proposal by email to: ke-applications@bath.ac.uk by the deadline: Monday 31 May 2021, 4pm.

This is a competitive award scheme, proposals will be assessed against the criteria as well as each other. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a more detailed application and project costing by 28 June. The final decision will be announced w/b 5 July.

Training and support

A programme of training and support on the fundamentals of knowledge exchange, impact and research collaboration will be available through upcoming Lunch with Impact webinars (further events will be listed here when announced).

20 May: ‘Introduction to Research Impact’ – Presented by the Research Impact team

9 Jun: Communicating Science for Impact: Experience from Parliament and industry (From the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies)

14-18 June: Lift-off: Entrepreneur Experience

Learning resources

The following learning materials are available for further self-directed learning:

Successful candidates will be offered mentoring support as part of the scheme.