University of Bath

Applying to the University impact fund

Find out how to apply to the University Impact fund, to help you develop and evidence the impact of your research and inform your REF impact Case study.

University Impact Fund
University Impact Fund

About the impact fund

The Impact Fund is funding from Research England (HEIF) and the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to the University and is worth £70,000. The fund is designed to support activities for:

  • enhancing and accelerating the impact of your research
  • developing your impact case study for REF 2021

The aim of this fund is to ensure that the impact from our University’s excellent research is maximised and robustly evidenced for REF 2021.

Funding streams available

Rapid response

This is call is open from 1 December until 31 May 2019 for applications of up to £500. This is to enable us to respond to requests for funds in a timely way as opportunities arise. Applications will be assessed by the Research Impact Team.

Open call

This call occur will occur at least twice a year in December and February, with a possible third call in March. Applications for funds of up to £5,000 will be considered, with an application window of four weeks. These will be assessed by the Impact Operations Group (IOG).

IOG is a cross-University group with representation from each Faculty, Institute for Policy Research, Institute for Mathematical Innovation, Professional Services staff from the Research Innovation Service, Development and Alumni, Public Engagement Unit and Research Marketing.

Apply to the impact fund

Complete the application form to apply for impact funding.

The second round of Impact Funding for the Open Call opened Tuesday 22 January 2019 and closes on Tuesday 19 February 2019.

When you have completed the form email it to 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

Alternatively we are running a drop-in session on 13 February 2019 from 14.00 until 16.00 in CB 3.7, where you can discuss your impact fund application with a member of the team.


  • application forms to be kept to a maximum of three pages
  • submit a copy of your draft impact case study alongside your application (where available)
  • you must have a short statement of support and sign off from your Departmental Impact Director, Associate Dean for Research or Head of Department
  • all funds to be spent by 30 June 2019


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