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In recognition of the often long lead time between research ‘discovery’ (research outcomes) and related impacts, the EPSRC has awarded Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grants to 33 universities since 2012, including the University of Oxford. The IAA provides support for activities that will reduce that lead time, and help to accelerate the impact (beyond academia) from past, current or future research that falls within the EPSRC remit. The latest tranche of funding runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020 and is worth £5.2m, with part of the total being allocated to strategic initiatives and part for small grants to Oxford researchers.

The Oxford IAA provides two main types of small grant support

Partnerships: grants to accelerate impact through increased engagement of Oxford researchers with end-users of the research in non-academic organisations.We are particularly keen to encourage Early Career Researchers (this includes doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers at any stage of their career) to apply for this scheme.

Technology fund: Technology Development Grants to develop new technologies to the point where they are suitable for follow on support from other sources (e.g. Oxford University Innovation (OUI) translational funding) or for commercial exploitation (e.g. capital investment for spinning out, licensing deals etc.), or Impact Delivery Grants to transfer knowledge, whose take-up will provide benefits to users but will not necessarily generate a financial return to the University (e.g. applications for NHS and
other public bodies, NGOs, etc.).

For further information, please refer to the guidance document.

Summaries of Partnerships and Technology Fund projects approved for funding, up to 1 September 2017 are also available.

EPSRC IAA Doctoral Impact Scheme

The EPSRC IAA Doctoral Impact Scheme aims to support and encourage new DPhil graduates to maximise the impact of their research beyond academia through engagement with non-academic partners in industry, healthcare, governmental agencies, local and regional government and other external organisations.

DPhil students are eligible to apply for the scheme if:

  • their research is within EPSRC research areas (students do not need to have received EPSRC funding)
  • they have passed their Confirmation of Status examination
  • they are within two terms of submission of their thesis

For further information, please refer to the guidance document.

Please note that this scheme cannot fund additional research. EPSRC-funded DPhil students who are interested in follow-on funding to support academic impact should refer to the EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme.

How to apply

Applicants should read the guidance for the relevant scheme thoroughly prior to submitting an application.

Applications for EPSRC IAA funding should be made through the online Internal Research Awards Management System (IRAMS) which can be accessed at, using your Single Sign-On (SSO) details. Once you are logged in, please choose the correct scheme from the list to start your application. If required, IRAMS guidance in the form of quick reference guide (QRG) documents for applicants, departmental approvers and administrators can be found on the Research Support pages.

Please note that some departments may have set an earlier internal deadline, so please check with your local research support team and prepare your application well in advance of the date advertised above. Applications must be reviewed online by departmental approvers and, where approved, submitted for review by the assessment panel before the deadline.

If you have a potentially impactful project that falls within EPSRC research areas but does not fit with the IAA Technology Fund or Partnerships scheme, please speak to your department’s Research Facilitator in the first instance.

Please email with any queries.

Dates for EPSRC IAA funding calls:

Call announced: Monday 2 October 2017. Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 27 November 2017. For projects starting after 1 March 2018.

Call announced: Monday 8 January 2018. Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 26 February 2018. For projects starting after 1 May 2018.

Call announced: Monday 9 April 2018. Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 29 May 2018. For projects starting after 1 September 2018.