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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

Please note that our internal IAA schemes that were offered from April 2017 to August 2020: Flexible Innovation and Large Grants Competition are now closed. This is due to the internal process of harmonising impact funding streams available at Queen Mary. A new approach to allocating IAA funds will be launched in late 2020/early 2021. More information will be published then.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their applications with IAA Officer, Dr Michal Filus or extension 7481.

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]