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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 October 2017, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the University of Bath nearly £4.1 million and leveraged funds of more than £10 million for our Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). This is to support knowledge exchange and impact activities of our EPSRC researchers across the institution. Funds have been invested in speeding up the contribution that research makes towards new innovation across industry, business and the public sector.

New IAA funding

As a result of successful past funding, the University of Bath has received further IAA funding from EPSRC, of nearly £480,000 for the period April 2020 to March 2021.

Funds will be invested in open call projects and activities for emerging commercial projects, training and networking, and supporting culture change. These activities will contribute to strengthening and increasing the number of research collaborations across EPSRC-funded departments at the University and improve the speed and quality of routes to impact.

Open call

Calling all previous EPSRC award-holders! You are invited to apply for IAA funding for projects which relate to a past EPSRC grant. This competitive award scheme is to stimulate pathways to impact through collaborative research and development projects.

The criteria has been adapted to favour projects that demonstrate pathways to impact and applications that develop new, or build on existing, partnerships with non-university (‘industry’) partners.

We 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 – including subject areas with 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.

See the full criteria for the IAA Open Call award and details of how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 4pm Monday 24 February 2020.

IAA project activities must be completed and funds fully spent by 31 March 2021.

How to apply

As an applicant you are advised to start working on your applications as soon as possible. It can take 6-8 weeks to complete the application process and will involve support from shared resources within the University.

To apply to the IAA open call you need to:

  1. Download and read the Application Pack:

    • Criteria for Assessment and Essential Requirements
    • Application Form
    • Gantt Chart and Spending Plan template
    • Heads of Terms agreement (for collaborating partners)
    • Letter of Endorsement template (for collaborating partners)
  2. Assemble and work with your project team to formulate your project plan.

  3. Register your interest with Alice Hovanessian, the IAA Coordinator, who will arrange a meeting to discuss your project requirements, explore how your idea may fit the award criteria, and connect you with support staff from Research & Innovation Services (RIS) to refine your project concept or plan if needed.

  4. Submit your application in full by the deadline of 4pm Monday 24 February 2020.

See the full criteria for the IAA Open Call award and details of how to apply.

(Note the estimated application process and timings in the flowchart diagram. Allow sufficient time for each stage and refining your application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered in this current funding call.)

Applications will be assessed by the [Impact Assessment Group (IAG)](/teams/impact-assessment-group/].

You will be informed of the IAG decision and provided with feedback on your application by mid-March 2020.

For enquiries, to register your interest, or to request this information in an alternative format contact:

Alice Hovanessian, Project Coordinator Email: Tel: 01225 384583

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.