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ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Our ESRC IAA is a £1.25 million fund awarded to the University from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) over a five-year period from April 2023.

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Our ESRC IAA supports knowledge exchange and research impact from within the ESRC remit

We are delighted to have secured an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award of £1.25 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) over a five-year period from April 2023. This is the first time the University has received IAA funding from the ESRC and will enable researchers to generate greater benefits from research within Economic and Social Science remit, helping create a more prosperous, inclusive, healthy and secure society.

Aims of the award

  • Aim 1: Cultivate a greater culture of impact and responsible innovation that benefits students, staff, University, wider society and economy

  • Aim 2: Accelerate impact through stimulating and supporting new and existing projects

  • Aim 3: Enhance local, regional, national and international strategic partnerships that address real-world problems

Funding opportunities

We expect to hold an Open Call and other funding opportunities later in the year – to be announced!

The fund will also support researchers to take part in the annual ESRC Festival of Social Science each autumn, where we will run events that help promote and increase awareness and enable the public to engage with social science research at the University. The next event will take place from 21 October-17 November 2023, led by the Public Engagement Unit – further details to be announced in April 2023. Contact the IAA Coordinator, Alice Hovanessian, for more information and to receive an application pack when available:

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Contact us

Contact our IAA coordinator for further information