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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.


The University of Oxford has limited amount of funding for its EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, and is accepting rapid submissions to the following EPSRC IAA scheme: (1) Doctoral Impact (DI) Fund (incl DI Follow on Fund – DI FoF; DI FoF applications by invitation only) and (2) Impact Workshops/Meetings. 

Funding is available for 6x Doctoral Impact Projects (DI and DI FoF). Projects can be of 3-4 months duration and must end by 31 March 2022, and will support costs of around £12,000/project. Projects must start without recruitment delays and work should start by 1 January 2022. Applicants eligible for Follow on Funding will be invited to apply separately. For all enquiries, including start dates, additional costs, etc email or contact (2)82462.

IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please submit requests to at least three working days before the application deadline.

Note on Letter of Support: To minimise time delays between the funding decision and project start, New Doctoral Impact applicants are advised to include a brief confirmation email from external partner of the intent to collaborate on the project. Applicants are advised to follow up with the partner details of what is agreed to ensure it is in line with the information provided in the application. If sourcing a confirmation email is likely to be challenging email


Doctoral Impact Fund and Doctoral Impact Follow on Fund calls:

  • Call opens: 16:00, 20 October 2021
  • Application deadline: TBC - by 17:00, Friday, 19 November 2021
  • Panel meetings: TBC November 2021

Projects should commence by 1 January 2022, and must end by 31 March 2022.

Impact Workshops: Rolling Deadline ­– In addition to the above call IRAMS will continue to accept new applications for Impact Workshops/Meetings, until 30 November 2021 or all of the available funding has been allocated.

Applicants to the IAA are urged to engage users in their projects, if this is not the case, applicants must contact the IAA before submitting an application -

EPSRC IAA small grant support schemes:

1. EPSRC IAA Doctoral Impact Scheme (Rapid Call): supports and encourages new DPhil graduates to maximise the impact of their research beyond academia through (i) engagement with non-academic partners in industry, healthcare, governmental agencies, local and regional government and other external organisations.

The scheme can also support short scoping projects on

(ii) Technology Development for commercial exploitation

(iii) Impact Delivery, to transfer knowledge whose take up will benefit users, e.g. applications for NHS and other public bodies, NGOs, etc., as well as

(iv) Follow on Funding for ongoing Doctoral Impact projects due to end by 31 December 2021 (by invitation).

The fund will support short scoping projects that progress

  • development of new partnerships, collaborations
  • uptake, use and development of EPSRC research
  • Proof of concept projects
  • development of new technologies

to the point where they are suitable for follow on support from other sources of internal/external funding schemes , such as EPSRC IAA, or other innovation funding (BBSRC IAA, STFC IAA, OUI Seed Fund, etc).

However, Doctoral Impact applications must focus on deliverables and milestones completed by 31 March 2022.

Funding: It is expected that requested costs for Doctoral Impact projects will not exceed £12k.

Eligibility requirement: To be eligible for the Doctoral Impact Fund – Rapid Call, it is required that DPhil students will have submitted their thesis.  

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 revised Doctoral Impact Fund guidance document (PDF) (or view the Doctoral Impact Fund guidance document as a webpage.)

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.

2. Impact workshops: [rolling deadline] 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 2021 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, and examples of 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 IAA guidance document (PDF) (or view the IAA guidance document as a webpage).

Implications of the Covid-19 pandemic:

Applicants should ensure they have factored in the impact of the Covid pandemic when they plan their projects, e.g. due to restrictions on people movement, or limited access to facilities or resources. Applicants should be aware that while the IAA wants closer engagement with non-academic partners, and end users to be interested in the end-product, applicants will need to consider that non-academic partners may have limited time and funds to fully engage with IAA projects, and travel to partners outside the UK maybe challenging.

Information on IAA Projects 

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

List of Partnerships and Technology Fund projects funded 2017-2021 

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

Success rate for Technology Fund and Partnerships Fund streams

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 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 or contact (2)82462 with any queries.

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