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Impact Acceleration Account

Find out about and apply to the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which provides funding to develop the impact from your EPSRC funded research.

Impact Acceleration Account
Impact Acceleration Account

About the IAA

Since the inception of the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) in October 2012, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the University of Bath nearly £5 million and leveraged funds of more than £10 million, to support knowledge exchange and impact activities across our institution. IAA funds help to speed up the contribution that research makes towards innovation across industry, business and the public sector.

We also have a new IAA Postdoctoral Impact Award for postdoctoral researchers and recent PhD graduates - submit your proposal by 16.00 31 May

Open Call

Following the receipt of further funding, we are delighted to announce the next IAA Open Call award.

Funding is available for projects which relate to a past EPSRC grant, ideally within a few years of completion, to stimulate pathways to impact through collaborative research and development projects. This is a competitive award scheme. The criteria has been adapted to favour projects that demonstrate pathways to impact and develop new – or build on existing – partnerships with non-university (‘industry’) partners.

We would particularly encourage applications from (although not limited to) the following areas in the current call:

  • groups which have relatively low take-up of IAA funding to date – this includes subject areas which have relatively large EPSRC portfolios in proportion to IAA applications, such as the departments of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences and Physics; female academics; and early career researchers
  • projects which are working towards strong impact case studies for future REF
  • collaborative IAA projects involving the University of Bath, industry and at least one other GW4 university are also particularly welcome
  • projects which address the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those in one of the UKRI priority areas as recommended by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

EPSRC has provided additional funds for investing in the following priority areas, and we are particularly keen to see applications that address one or more of these areas:

  • support for people, particularly postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students at the end of their studies, to enable knowledge exchange and impact related activities and/or skills development
  • support for activities which enhance business/academic partnership and mobility, for example short term secondments and people exchange
  • impact activities which contribute to regional/place agendas

The full criteria for this award are included in the Application Pack.

How to apply

To apply to the IAA open call you will need to:

  1. Download and read the Application Pack.

  2. Register your interest with Alice Hovanessian, the IAA Coordinator, who will arrange a meeting to discuss your project requirements.

  3. Submit the completed application and supporting materials as electronic Word or PDF documents to:

The deadline for submission is 4pm on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Applicants are advised it can take 6-8 weeks to complete the application process and will involve support from shared resources within the University, so you are advised to start planning your application as early as possible.

The Impact Assessment Group (IAG) will assess your application against the call criteria and may request more information before reaching a decision. Feedback on unsuccessful applications will be provided.

For enquiries or to request the information in a different format, please contact Alice Hovanessian. Email:

Previous IAA Projects

See our IAA projects at the University, which have been funded to develop impact from EPSRC funded research.

Impact Assessment Group (IAG)

The Impact Assessment Group (IAA) makes decisions about knowledge exchange and pathways to impact funding schemes.


If you have any questions, please contact us.