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Applying to the University Impact Fund

Find out how to apply to the University Impact Fund, to help you achieve and evidence the impact of your research.

University Impact Fund
University Impact Fund

About the Impact Fund

The Impact Fund is funding from Research England (HEIF) and is worth £25,500. The fund is designed to support activities that will help you to:

  • achieve, enhance and accelerate the impact of your research, including supporting knowledge exchange activities
  • evidence the impact of your research, including through formal evaluation
  • provide training and development opportunities in knowledge exchange and impact

The aim of this fund is to ensure that the impact on society and the economy from our excellent research is optimised and robustly evidenced.

Funding streams

There are three funding streams available. The rapid response call facilitates researchers to quickly response to opportunities to enhance the impact of their research. The open response call enables researchers to plan for, evidence and evaluate impact over the longer term. The training bursary enables researchers to build their knowledge and skills in impact and activities to achieve impact including knowledge exchange.

Open Call

This call is for applications up to £5000, with a total budget of £15,000. These awards will be assessed and selected by the University's Impact Operations Group. We are particularly interested in projects that plan to build in and develop more formal approaches to evaluating impact of research.

This call is open to applications from 6 September, closing at noon on 11 October 2021. All funds need to be spent by 31 July 2022.

Rapid Response

This fund and assessment process has been developed to enable us to respond to your requests for funds in a timely way so that you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

This call is open from the 6 September 2021 until 30 June 2022 for applications of up to £1000, with a total budget of £5000.

These applications will be assessed for funding by the Research Impact Team within 7 working days of submission.

Training Bursary

This fund has been developed to enable researchers to undertake training in a wide range of topics to help them to achieve and enhance the impact of their research. These topics will be dependent on the researchers needs but could include research impact, knowledge exchange, monitoring and evaluation, regulation, intellectual property, communication, presentation skills, social media, infographics etc.

The total budget is now £2,500. All courses must be booked and completed by 31 July 2022. More on the Training Bursary.

Apply to the impact fund

Complete and submit the following application forms to be considered for University impact funding. Please note we have separate forms for each of the three calls:

This funding will help you undertake activities to achieve, enhance and evidence the impact of your research.

Email your completed application form to

If you have any questions email the team on or Emma Gibbard, Research Impact Manager:

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with a member of the research impact team. To request an appointment email


  • application forms to be kept to three pages of A4
  • all funds to be spent by 31 July 2022


Find out what resources, support and tools are available to help you with identifying and evidencing the impact of your research from RIS.


If you have any questions, please contact us.