Research

Impact Acceleration Account

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  - Impact Acceleration Account

The University holds an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to promote wider and more effective engagement with the impact agenda. The Account provides resources to deliver impact and work on the exploitation of outcomes from its EPSRC research portfolio, with the key objective of shortening the time to impact.

What we offer:

If you have any queries, please contact impact-acceleration@qmul.ac.uk, or Bryony Frost: b.j.frost@qmul.ac.uk  


 

Science and Technology Impact funding: Expression of interest deadline 10am, Monday 3rd December

We are unifying the application process for the existing funds supporting impact from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) research, including healthcare applications: a) the HEIF Proof of Concept Fund; b) the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA); and c) the STFC IAA.

Funding is available for impact projects that fall into the following categories:

  • Early Stage Commercialisation;
  • Business/User Engagement; and
  • Secondments

The funding for Business/User Engagement and Secondments can be used to support all types of impact, including economic, societal and policy impacts (but excluding academic impact).

You will only be eligible to apply for Business/User Engagement and Secondments if your project is related to EPSRC or STFC funding (including projects linked to Alan Turing Institute fellowships).

We anticipate funding up to ten projects of £10k-£50k across all three categories. In addition, Early Stage Commercialisation projects can apply for the light-touch Small Award scheme (~£10k) using this form – if this is the case please indicate this below. 

If you wish to discuss your application prior to submission please contact:

Adam Daykina.daykin@qmul.ac.uk – for Early Stage Commercialisation projects; and
Bryony Frost b.j.frost@qmul.ac.uk – Business/User Engagement and Secondment projects.

For Proof of Concept funding for non-STEM research there will be a funding call next year - for further information contact Graeme Brown – g.m.brown@qmul.ac.uk. 

For the EPSRC Impact Acceleration account, we hope to support activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Focussed knowledge exchange projects to identify and/address a problem/opportunity to trigger a joint venture or development agreement.
  • Collaboratively developing products and services; testing, de-risking or proving novel ideas and concepts to advance research outputs towards applications with ‘real world’ use and benefit.
  • Collaborating with business/ end users to secure and support joint translational grants or set up commercial ventures or social enterprises informed by EPSRC-funded research.

 Activities could be achieved by:

  • Organising or attending events/meetings (e.g. workshops, seminars, site visits and tradeshows)
  • Secondment of a post-doctoral researcher or doctoral student funded by EPSRC funded by EPSRC to partner organisation or inward secondment of a senior industry / user scientists. Secondments can be either full-time or part-time, where a minimum of 50% of the overall time should be spent at the partner organisation
  • Obtaining input and services from consultants, experts or specialists. Types of inputs/services include; paying for development and manufacture of demonstrators, software and prototypes, testing/pilots, de-risking, market assessments and validation.

For any questions relating to eligibility, please contact impact-acceleration@qmul.ac.uk.  

Please note: this scheme does not support academic research or public engagement activities which could have been funded through pathways to impact.

Scheme deadlines:

Expression of interest deadline:  3rd December 2018, 10am

Full application deadline: 19th January 2019, 10am

Panel interviews: w/c 4th February 2019

To apply for funding please complete an Science and Technology Impact Fund _ EoI [DOC 55KB] and submit it to the submitted to the IAA Partnerships Officer.

More details about eligibility, assessment, reporting and how to apply can be found here:

Science and Technology Impact Fund _ Guidelines [DOC 56KB]

EPSRC Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts Table [PDF 8KB]


 

Flexible Innovation Starter Fund - accepting applications, no deadlines.

This fund aims to kick start and enhance the impact of EPSRC-funded research discoveries by supporting short-term secondments, business/end user engagement and small scale pre-commercialisation activities. Successful projects should move research outputs into a position where they are suitable for further translation funding to achieve policy changes, economic or social impact. Maximum funding available under this scheme is for £5,000. Projects should normally be completed within 3 months and you can apply at any time.

Applications are only permitted for projects focused on the exploitation of knowledge or technology generated through EPSRC-funded research. Current and previously funded EPSRC grant holders and Turing Fellows are eligible to apply. We are particularly keen to encourage EPSRC-funded Early Career Researchers (this includes doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers) working on EPSRC research to apply, in addition to academic staff.

Projects should normally be completed within 3 months and must be completed by 31st March 2020. No extensions are possible.

Eligible activities include, but not limited to:

  • Establishing and developing relationships with external partners to maximise impact.
  • Focussed knowledge exchange projects to identify and/address a problem/opportunity.
  • Working with businesses/end users to inform the design of a translational grant proposal or commercial business plan.
  • Small scale pre-commercialisation activities.

Activities could be achieved by:

  • Organising or attending events/meetings (e.g. workshops, seminars, site visits and tradeshows).
  • Secondment of a post-doctoral researcher or doctoral student funded by EPSRC to partner organisation or inward secondment of a senior industry / user scientists. Secondments can be either full-time or part-time, where a minimum of 50% of the overall time should be spent at the partner organisation.
  • Obtaining input and services from consultants, experts or specialists. Types of inputs/services include; paying for development and manufacture of demonstrators, software and prototypes, testing/pilots, de-risking, market assessments and validation.

For any questions relating to eligibility, please contact the impact-acceleration@qmul.ac.uk.  

Please note: this scheme does not support academic research or public engagement activities to inform, consult or collaborate with the public.  

To apply please complete the Flexible Innovation Starter Fund - application form [DOC 27KB] and submit it to impact-acceleration@qmul.ac.uk

More details about eligibility, assessment, reporting and how to apply can be found here: 

Flexible Innovation Starter Fund - Guidance for Applicants [PDF 307KB]

EPSRC Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts Table [PDF 8KB]


 

Support, Advice and Opportunities

If you would like advice and guidance on how to plan and prepare an application for funding or support to deliver impact, please contact impact-acceleration@qmul.ac.uk.