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Impact Acceleration Accounts

Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs)

Queen Mary University of London holds two UKRI Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). These IAAs support the excellent research impact that happens as a result of either STFC or EPSRC research funding.

IAAs are strategic awards provided to institutions and are one of the funding mechanisms that supporting knowledge exchange, innovation and impact from UK Research and Innovation.

One of the ways Queen Mary makes use of this funding is by awarding small and large grants to support impact-related work for its STFC and EPSRC funded researchers. 


Our IAAs have the following objectives:

  • strengthening user engagement
  • strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture change and capability development, including through the development of skills for KE activity
  • supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation at early stages of progressing research outputs and outcomes to the point when they would be supported by other funding
  • supporting new, innovative and imaginative approaches to KE and Impact, including processes that enable “fast failure” and appropriate learning
  • supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, including secondments and people exchange

Current internal calls

Queen Mary Impact Fund 

Internal Funding for Impact Generation, Collaboration and Commercialisation 

Proposals up to £10,000 for small projects and up to £50,000 for large projects

This call is now closed and will be open later this year (summer 2021, TBC). 

The Queen Mary Impact Fund programme is our new, harmonised approach to allocating Queen Mary internal impact funds. Queen Mary Impact Fund offers financial support for Queen Mary researchers carrying out impact-enabling projects with a focus on generating or accelerating commercial and non-commercial impact from their research, facilitating knowledge exchange and funding new, innovative and imaginative approaches to achieving and enabling knowledge exchange and impact.

The Queen Mary Impact Fund programme involves a single call, with a common Expression of Interest (EoI) stage. Applicants with successful EoIs will be asked to develop their full applications. Full applications will then be assessed by respective Application Review Panels. Only applications that clearly meet the scheme criteria will be shortlisted for the interview with respective Application Review Panels.

Up to twelve projects of £10k-£50k across all the categories will be funded through the Queen Mary Impact Fund January 2021 call. Directly incurred costs of projects are supported, other/indirect costs are covered by Schools.

Eligibility: Queen Mary researchers, PDRAs, final-year PhD students (please note final-year PhD students need to have a supervisor's approval and submit their thesis before starting work on Impact Fund projects).

The Queen Mary Impact Fund Expression of Interest form and Guidance notes for completing this Expression of Interest are attached below. Please append a brief statement on mitigation strategies related to any potential delays to your proposed Impact Fund project/activity caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  

If you wish to discuss your application prior to submission, please 

Guidance and Expression of Interest form

Queen Mary Impact Fund - Expression of Interest Form [DOC 280KB] 



IAA COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Fund 

Proposals up to £10,000

Deadline: Ongoing, rolling call

This funding is available for translational research projects across physical sciences and engineering disciplines, which have credible potential impact in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects will be expected to start immediately or in a very short timescale (so that impact will be achieved directly and rapidly). Funded projects will be expected to achieve successful outcomes in a short space of time.

Projects should start immediately and be completed completed within 3 months. Applicants can apply at any time. 

Guidance and application form

IAA COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Fund [DOC 98KB]