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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 the IAA Partnerships Officer, Rebecca Babb


 

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.

We are particularly keen to encourage EPSRC-funded Early Career Researchers (this includes doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers) to apply, in addition to academic staff.

Applications are only permitted for projects focused on the exploitation of knowledge or technology generated through EPSRC-funded research.

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 IAA Partnerships Officer.  

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 the IAA Partnerships Officer

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]


 

Innovation Accelerator Fund - opens in August 2018

This fund supports long-term partnerships with business/end users to accelerate the development of EPSRC-funded research discoveries into products, services or processes that lead to policy changes, economic or social impact. Projects must be carried out in a genuinely collaborative manner, with significant cash or in kind contribution from non-academic partners. Funding available under this scheme ranges from £25k to £50k. Projects should normally be completed within 12 months.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis twice per year until funds have been allocated. The lead applicant can either be a member of academic staff or EPSRC-funded post-doctoral researcher. PhD students are not eligible to apply.

Larger scale bids from groups of academics (e.g. within or across Departments, Faculties and Centres) are welcome, as well as individual project based bids. However, this scheme will not support collaborations between other universities or research institutes.

Proposed activities should relate to research projects or studentships currently or previously funded by EPSRC.

Eligible activities include, but 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 the IAA Partnerships Officer.  

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

Scheme deadlines:

 

Scheme opens

Expression of interest deadline

Full application deadline

Shortlisting and Interviews

Round 1

March 2018

23th April 2018

31st May 2018

June 2018

 Round 2

August 2018 

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To apply for funding please complete an Innovation Acceleration Fund - expression of interest form [DOC 90KB] 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:

Innovation Acceleration Fund - guidance for applicants [PDF 91KB]

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 the IAA Partnerships Officer.


 

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