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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

Please note these calls are now fully allocated and closed.

The Impact Fund is funding from Research England (HEIF) and is worth £29k. 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 and flexi-fund call facilitates researchers to quickly respond to opportunities to enhance the impact of their research. The training bursary enables researchers to build their knowledge and skills in impact and activities to achieve impact including knowledge exchange.

Rapid Response

Open until June 2024 or fully allocated.

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 for applications of up to £1000, with a total budget of £9000.

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


Open until June 2024 or fully allocated.

This fund aims to help promote activities which will achieve, accelerate and/or evidence the impact of our University research. The types of activities might include knowledge exchange/mobilisation, knowledge brokering, co-production, implementation, evaluation, evidence synthesis, engagement and communication (this list is not exhaustive).

Each flexi-fund application has a maximum budget of £3k and the total budget is £9000 to be spent by 31 July 2024.

Training Bursary

Open until June 2024 or fully allocated.

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 £6k. All courses must be booked and completed by 31 July 2024.

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 Dr 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 2024


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.

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