Queen Mary holds an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) project. The IAA aims to translate research ideas into commercial or impact success.In terms of outputs there is a focus on hard measures of impact related to secondments, business engagements and early-stage commercialisation, such as cash and in-kind contributions, licences and licence income, spin-out and venture capital and jobs, together with the linkage with EPSRC funded research programmes.
The IAA funds have mainly been used for QTech - a software accelerator - and for an Innovation Fund (with matching HEIF funding), plus some smaller support for Tech City liaison work, external activities and film and web development to promote the work being done. The Innovation Fund has supported projects for up to £10k, covering many areas - a selection being: antenna prototypes, a virtual health and safety lab, computer science for fun, transportation profiling, minimalising polymerising shrinkage, analysing online therapy dialogue, on-line product design enhancement, and dental materials capability analysis with GSK. QTech funded projects have so far included Social Video, an automated video editing system combining input form many sources, the I Like Guitar android app which links guitar tuition to users music collections, M-App-ing the First World War, an app linking location services and WWI historical information, and Access Bandwidth Configuration solutions, which improves performance across IP networks. Contact: Adam Daykin.