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Impact Funding 2020/21

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) supports a range of activities to maximise impact from EPSRC funding. IAA funding is expected to add value to existing funding and take advantage of new opportunities, including interdisciplinary working and engagement of new collaborators. All IAA-funded projects must demonstrate a link to previous or current EPSRC funding.

The EPSRC IAA aims to increase the impact of EPSRC funded research outputs by:

  • Supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, including secondments and people exchange
  • Strengthening user engagement
  • 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
  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture and capability development.

Funding is available from 1 April, 2020 to 31 March, 2022. All funding must have been fully defrayed by 31 March, 2022, as per the funder’s rules.

The EPSRC IAA has a number of different funding opportunities available, which are listed below.

  • Pump Priming
  • ECR Pump Priming
  • Secondment / Exchange
  • Rapid Response
When and How to Apply

All schemes will be closed to further applications once the available budget has been allocated.

Pump Priming Scheme, ECR Pump Priming Scheme and Secondment/Exchange Scheme

Applications must be submitted on the EPSRC IAA application form to by the deadlines below. Applications will not be accepted by any other means.

Applications for these schemes will be assessed by the EPSRC IAA Steering Committee.

Application deadlines:

Announced on an ad-hoc basis