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EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding provides support for activities that will help to accelerate the impact from past, current or future research that falls within the EPSRC remit.

A new EPSRC IAA call is now accepting applications for small grant support to Oxford’s EPSRC IAA fund.  The University’s EPSRC IAA has an additional £1.7m available (pending confirmation by EPSRC) to allocate to small grants and strategic projects from 2020 to 31 March 2021.

The funding awarded to new IAA projects will be contingent on release of additional funds by EPSRC.

The application deadline for small grant support to the EPSRC IAA is Monday 13 January 2020 by 12:00 noon.

Applicants should note that if all small grant funds are allocated through the current call, the date for the next EPSRC IAA call could be April 2021.

Oxford’s EPSRC IAA provides four main types of small grant support:

1. 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 be involved in visits, short secondments, collaborations through this scheme. Partnership projects are typically six to twelve months long and around £30k-£75k in value.

2. Impact fund / Technology fund: supports (i) 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.), and

(ii)  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.). Impact/Technology Fund Grants are typically six to twelve months in duration and around £75-100k in value.

For further information on Partnerships or Impact/Technology Fund refer to main guidance document

3. EPSRC IAA Doctoral Impact Scheme: supports and encourages 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. It is expected that requested costs for Doctoral Impact projects will not exceed £30k.

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 Doctoral Impact Fund 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.

4. Impact workshops: grants to support the coordination and delivery of impact-focussed meetings and workshops. This call has a rolling deadline and applications will continue to be accepted until 30 November 2020 or all of the available funding has been allocated.

Funding support: up to £5,000/application. 

Impact meetings/workshops should include engagement with non-academic organisations, and should seek to give rise to further knowledge exchange, translational and/or partnership development activities. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in their approach to this funding stream, but activities that may be supported include:

  • Identifying challenge areas with non-academic organisations;
  • Activities to develop a Responsible Innovation approach, e.g. support towards broader deliberation, dialogue, engagement and debate in an inclusive way;
  • Bringing together academic groups to develop solutions to known external problems, e.g. future calls for ISCF, GCRF, etc.;
  • Visits/meetings to develop new collaborations with non-academics or non-academic organisations.

For further information on Impact Workshops please refer to the main guidance document

Summaries of Partnerships and Technology Fund projects approved for EPSRC IAA funding since April 2017.

Case studies of projects that have received EPSRC IAA funding since 2012

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 https://irams.ox.ac.uk/, 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 epsrciaa@mpls.ox.ac.uk or contact (2)82462 with any queries.

Dates for EPSRC IAA funding calls:

Doctoral Impact Fund, Partnerships Fund, and Impact/Technology Fund call:

  • Calls open: 18 November 2019
  • Application deadline:  Monday 13 January 2020 by 12:00 noon
  • Panel meeting: February 2020

Impact Workshops Fund call:

This call is open and has a rolling deadline. Applications will continue to be accepted until 30 November 2020 or all of the available funding has been allocated.