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

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

IAA Large Grants Competition

Proposals up to £40,000

The next call opens on Wednesday, 6th November 2019 (with a submission deadline of Monday, 16th December 2019).

You can apply for the EPSRC IAA and STFC IAA Large Grants Competition for funds up to £40,000 each to support the impact of EPSRC and STFC funded research. As part of the current competition, proposals for funds up to £10,000 will be evaluated by the IAA panel and proposals for over £10,000 will require an interview with the panel. Funds will need to be spent by March 2021, so a clear plan of action is required at the application stage.

Guidance and application form

IAA Large Grants Competition - December 2019 - Guidance for Applicants [DOC 141KB]

IAA Large Grants Competition - December 2019 - Application Form [DOC 134KB]

Please refer to the EPSRC Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts Table [PDF 10KB]

IAA Flexible Innovation Starter Fund

Proposals up to £5,000

Deadline: Ongoing, rolling call

This fund aims to kick-start and enhance the impact of EPSRC and STFC 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 (e.g. Innovate UK, QMUL Proof of Concept Fund or Large Grant Impact Acceleration Funds) to achieve policy changes, economic or social impact.

Projects should normally be completed within 3 months and you can apply at any time. 

Guidance and application form

IAA Flexible Innovation Starter Fund Guidance [PDF 405KB]

IAA Flexible Innovation Starter Fund Application 2019 [DOC 95KB]

Please refer to the EPSRC Outputs, Outcomes and Impacts Table [PDF 10KB]