EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding provides support for activities that will help to accelerate the impact from research that falls within the EPSRC remit. EPSRC IAA Funding Calls will be announced on a regular basis, usually once each term, until all of the available funding has been allocated.
EPSRC IAA FUNDING
The University of Oxford’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account is accepting applications for support to the following EPSRC IAA schemes: (1) Technology Fund, (2) Partnerships Fund, (3) Doctoral Impact Fund and (4) Impact Workshops/Meetings. Details of the schemes are given below.
Access to IAA support: We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. New DPhil graduates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are strongly encouraged to apply to the IAA to gain new skills or experience beyond the academic environment, 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.
Informal enquiries are welcome from applicants – email firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES FOR EPSRC IAA FUNDING CALLS:
Partnerships Fund, Impact/Technology Fund, Doctoral Impact Fund, Impact Workshops Fund calls:
- Call open: 11 April 2022
- Application deadline: by 16:00 Friday, 20 May 2022
- Partnerships Fund Panel [incl. Doctoral Impact, Impact Workshops] meeting: 14 June 2022
- Technology Fund Panel meeting: 20 June 2022
Projects will need to start by or after 1 July 2022. There is a rolling application deadline for Doctoral Impact Fund and Impact Workshops Fund. The next EPSRC IAA call/panel meeting will be in Michaelmas term.
Pre-submission feedback: IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please submit feedback requests to email@example.com up to 3 days before the application deadline. Late feedback requests may be considered subject to staff availability, urgency and need.
User Engagement: Applicants must include a letter of support from their user(s)/non-academic partner(s) with their application; this will minimise time delays between the funding decision and project start. The letter should clearly detail that what the partner will contribute to the project is in line with the information provided in the application.
Note: Applicants to the IAA are required to engage users in their projects, if this is not the case, applicants must contact the IAA (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explain reasons for this before submitting an application, as this will avoid delays in the review of an application.
EPSRC IAA SMALL GRANT SUPPORT SCHEMES:
1. Partnerships: grants to accelerate impact through increased engagement of Oxford researchers with end-users of the research in non-academic organisations. We are keen to encourage Early Career Researchers and encourage applications from under-represented groups to be involved in visits, short secondments, collaborations through this scheme - this includes post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students (see guidance for details). 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.
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.
Eligibility requirement: To be eligible for the Doctoral Impact Fund, it is required that DPhil students will have submitted their thesis. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.
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.
4. Impact workshops: grants to support the coordination and delivery of impact-focussed meetings and workshops.
Funding support: up to £5,000/application, however higher workshop costs can be supported if justified, please send enquiries by email to: email@example.com.
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.
Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org to seek clarifications.
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
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 email@example.com with any enquiries.
Technology Fund Panel
Prof Kylie Vincent (Chemistry) – Chair
Prof Eleanor Stride (Engineering) – Deputy Chair
Prof Arzhang Ardavan (Physics)
Prof Mauro Pasta (Materials)
Prof Boris Motik (Computer Science)
Dr Adam Workman (OUI Seed Fund Manager)
Prof [To be confirmed]
Partnerships FUND Panel
Prof Susie Speller (Materials) – Chair
Prof Ian Griffiths (Mathematical Institute)
Prof Felix Leach (Engineering)
Prof Niki Trigoni (Computer Science)
Prof [To be confirmed]
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