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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 received confirmation of additional funding for its EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. A new EPSRC IAA call had opened for small grant support to Oxford’s EPSRC IAA Impact Workshops/Meetings (rolling call -  remains open), Technology/Impact Fund (call closed), Partnerships Fund (call closed), and Doctoral Impact Fund (call closed).  The IAA had an additional £1.7m available to allocate to small grants and strategic projects from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2022.

EPSRC IAA Funding Call - Round 10 - is now closed: Applicants should note that if all small grant funds are allocated by the October 2020 call, the date for the next EPSRC IAA call could be April 2022 (tbc).

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, their proposals will need to balance this against the limited time and funds available to non-academic partners. [Updated 19 Aug 2020]



1.       Pre-call announcement

mid-July 2020

2.       Call open

12 August 2020 

3.       Application deadline

by noon on Wednesday, 7 October 2020

4.       Panel meeting

mid-November 2020

5.       Funding decision sent

by 15 December 2020

6.       Project start

anytime after 1 January 2021

IRAMS will continue to accept new applications for Impact Workshops/Meetings (rolling deadline).

However, new applications can no longer be submitted for Round 10, seeking support from the Doctoral Impact Fund, Partnerships Fund, and Impact/Technology Fund.  

New DPhil graduates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are strongly encouraged to consider how the IAA can be useful to progress the impact of their research beyond academia, or support partnerships with non-academic organisations, e.g. in industry, healthcare, governmental agencies, local and regional government and other external organisations. For guidance, support and feedback email or contact (2)82462.

IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please submit your request in advance of the application deadline to  

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

1. Partnerships: [Call closed] 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: [Call closed] 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: [Call closed] 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 revised 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: [Open - 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, 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.

List of Partnerships and Technology Fund projects funded 2020-2021

List of Partnerships and Technology Fund projects funded 2017-2020 

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 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 or contact (2)82462 with any queries.

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Dates for EPSRC IAA funding calls:

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

These calls are closed

  • Calls open: 12 August 2020
  • Application deadline:  by noon, 7 October 2020
  • Panel meeting: November 2020

Impact Workshops Fund call:

This call is open and has a rolling deadline. Applications will continue to be accepted until 30 November 2021 or all of the available funding has been allocated.