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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has awarded University of Oxford, Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Funding over three years (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025). NOTE: Rolling application deadline - up to - 28 February 2023

STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Fund provides support for activities that will accelerate impact from University of Oxford’s research that falls within STFC remit, but the IAA panel also wants to see projects with synergies between STFC and EPSRC science portfolios.


IAA funding will support (but is not limited to):

  • Innovation and commercialisation proof-of concept projects
  • Industry / stakeholder engagement and community building workshops
  • Industry / stakeholder secondments

Note: This funding is for knowledge exchange related work for the benefit of researchers working in one or more of the STFC core science remit areas.

Applicants are not required to hold a current or past STFC grant to apply for STFC IAA support.

STFC IAA funds will not support existing programmes or blue-skies research or public engagement.

IAA Budget

The cumulative budget available for the current STFC IAA Call is £220,000

The current STFC IAA Call is accepting applications for projects underpinned by STFC remit research in the following categories:

a)   STFC Kickstarter category (£2,000 to £40,000; 6 to 12 month duration)

Funding for small starter projects for early stage innovation (e.g. TRL1-3), including market research, events, meetings, visits

b)   STFC Accelerator category (£30,000 to £75,000; 6 to 12 month duration)

Ambitious, scalable IAA projects (e.g. TRL4-TRL6) that will progress outputs closer to commercialisation, or exploitation, or use by the non-academic sector.

Types of activities supported by the STFC IAA programme include (but are not limited to):

(i)   Impact Development or Technology Development activities are expected to support

(a) transfer of 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, local/national government, NGOs, etc.)

(b) the development and commercialisation of new technologies to the point where they are suitable for follow on support from other sources (e.g. other IAAs; STFC’s External Innovations Programme – Early stage research and development scheme, e.g. (i) Early Stage Research and Development or (ii) Late Stage Commercialisation; Challenge-led Programmes led by STFC Horizons Programme; Oxford University Innovation (OUI) UCSF) or for commercial exploitation.

Impact/Technology Development could include, e.g.

  • proof of concept
  • commercialisation activity
  • market validation support 

(ii)  Partnerships or KE activities that will accelerate impact through increased engagement of researchers with end-users of research in non-academic organisations, and includes

  • proof of concept projects
  • people movement across sectors
  • support for networks
  • industry events.

Assessment Criteria

Quality assessment criteria (not listed in any priority order):

  • Potential size of the impact - could be financial and/or social
  • Timescale to impact - will this project and proposed follow up reduce the lead time to impact
  • Likelihood of impact – does the project involve appropriate activities and partners
  • Clarity of plan to achieve the project aims
  • Good value? Impact per £
  • Risk involved in the project - high risk not necessarily a negative; management of risk

Accelerator applications – additional considerations:

  • Demonstrates synergy across STFC - EPSRC remits
  • Highly likely to deliver outputs needed to progress beyond TRL4 and gain follow on support

Frequency of Funding Calls

STFC IAA Funding Calls will be announced on a regular basis, usually twice a year, until all of the available funding has been allocated.

Informal enquiries are welcome from applicants – email 


  • Call open: 26 July 2022
  • Rolling application deadline: up to 16:00, 28 February 2023
  • Panel meetings: March/April 2023 (tbc)

Projects are expected to start within 3-6 months of the application date. Please contact the STFC IAA if your project start date is likely to be beyond August 2023. 

The next STFC IAA call/panel meeting will be 2023.

Pre-submission feedback: IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please email feedback requests to 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 ( to explain reasons for this before submitting an application, as this will avoid delays in the review of an application.


Projects approved for STFC IAA funding since April 2022 - to be available by December 2022.

Case studies of projects that have received STFC IAA funding (to follow)

Applicants should read the guidance for the relevant scheme thoroughly prior to submitting an application (see separate tab).

Applications for STFC 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.

Please email with any enquiries.


Prof Phil Burrows (Particle Physics) – Chair

Prof Armin Reichold (Particle Physics)

Prof Dimitra Rigopoulou (Astrophysics)

Prof Carly Howett (Atmospheric Oceanic and Planetary Physics)


Please refer to the STFC IAA webpage and guidance when preparing your IAA application.

 Download a PDF of the Guidance here

Focus of IAA project or activity

Select a category that applies (there can be overlaps in TRL)

Kickstarter [£2k-£40k]

Impact/Technology Development Funding for small starter projects for early stage innovation (TRL2-3)

Kickstarter [£2k-£40k]

Partnerships/Knowledge Exchange Funding for small starter projects for early stage innovation (TRL2-3), including market research, events, meetings, visits

Accelerator [£30k-£75k]

Impact/Technology Development (applications with costs above £40k are expected, but not required to include overlap with EPSRC research areas). Ambitious, scalable IAA projects (TRL4-TRL6) that will progress outputs closer to commercialisation, or exploitation, or use by non-academic sector.

Accelerator [£30k-£75k

Partnerships/Knowledge Exchange (applications with costs above £40k are expected, but not required to include overlap with EPSRC research areas). Ambitious, scalable IAA projects (TRL4-TRL6) that will progress outputs closer to commercialisation, or exploitation, or use by non-academic sector.

Secondee Information

Provide details IF the project involves visits/ movement of staff between academic and non-academic partners.

STFC research underpinning IAA project and IP.

If applicable - Details of previous STFC-funded grants/awards/support related to the project. Applicants do not need to have STFC funding. Include a concise description of how the project relates to underpinning STFC-remit research.

What are the specific barriers to the application and/or utilisation of research that this project will address.

Details of the current state of development of the innovation and its IP position; is it being managed by Oxford University Innovation (OUI); is it patented; is it owned or jointly owned by another party, etc?

Work Plan: Please detail the objectives, expected outputs and milestones.

(<500 words) Provide:

  • Clearly defined objectives
  • Specific outputs that will make this project a success
  • Around 4-5 clearly defined milestones with a short summary of what will be achieved at each stage, with specified timeline.

Outline potential application areas and the impact the technology / knowledge may have beyond academia

(<200 words)

  • Why is the proposed project important?
  • What problem is this project trying to address?
  • What potential impact(s) will arise if this project is successful?
  • Could there be any negative impacts on specific communities or groups in society, if so how could negative impacts be avoided?

Consideration of a Responsible Innovation approach

(<250 words) All applicants are required to plan what they will do to explore a responsible innovation approach for the project in an open, inclusive and timely way. Refer to UKRI’s policy and EPSRC’s Responsible Innovation (RI) - Anticipate, Reflect, Engage and Act (AREA) Framework for this section.


  • Whether the project, its outcomes or impacts could be potentially controversial;
  • How you would identify potentially controversial implications of the project that may arise while the project is ongoing; 
  • Explore if there are trust or social acceptability issues for the project;
  • Consider if there is a need for broader interactions or early dialogue to explore acceptability and/or minimise future negative responses.

Please explain the rationale for the choice of partner and how the collaboration will be managed.

(<500 words) Clarify:

  • Reasons why the partner(s) best suited for this project?
  • Why is the partner not funding the project themselves?
  • What will the partner be doing/contributing to the project?
  • The time spent and frequency of meeting/working with the partner?
  • How will progress be monitored?
  • How will any IP that is created be managed?
  • Is the partner an existing or prospective spinout? If so there must be a strong and clear case that the proposed project is a new stream of work and not additional development of the initial technology that was licenced to the spinout.
  • A clear statement of how conflict of interest will be managed must be included.

Please describe the expected project benefits and/or added value to the organisation, the partner and the researcher(s).

(<100 words each) What will be the benefits to

a)       the University and the research area; will it establish new collaborations; bridge the gap with industry; establish Oxford’s position in a particular field.

b)       the user partners; what will the project partner gain from this partnership/secondment and the relationship with the University?

c)       the secondee (if a secondment is involved); how will their professional career benefit, and how it fits in with their plans?

Follow-on work: please detail the next steps after completion of the project. 

  • (<250 words) What steps will you take immediately after the conclusion of the STFC IAA project to maximise the likelihood of impact? This may include transferring the IP to OUI for licencing, applying for additional funding, or direct funding from the partner.
  • What is your strategy to successfully scale up the project, to deliver impact from the IAA project’s outputs?
  • Specify follow on support to be targeted from other sources (e.g. other IAAs; STFC’s Innovations Programme – Early stage research and development scheme, e.g. (i) Early Stage Research and Development or (ii) Late Stage Commercialisation; Challenge-Led calls led by STFC Horizons Programme; Oxford University Innovation (OUI) UCSF)
  • Are there any risks associated with your future plans and how will they be mitigated?

Please indicate if discussions have been held with Oxford University Innovation, Innovation and Business Partnerships team (MPLS) / Business Development team (MSD) or Research Services, and if so, who your point of contact is.

Justification of resources.

Please provide a full explanation and justification for all of the resources requested, addressing each cost line in turn. Note contributions/matched support (cash/in kind) from other sources.

Timely start of project.

Provide reassurance about

  • Timely appointment/recruitment of staff for the project (have you identified staff, or named researchers)
  • Availability of staff to start work without any delays (ensure you have factored in time for recruitment, visa application, relocation)
  • Access to/availability of key items of equipment
  • Partner’s readiness to collaborate on project

Other Information

Disclosure of related (previous/current) funding applications

If you have submitted a related/similar funding application to an internal or external call (past/present), please provide relevant information, e.g. title of funding scheme, funding outcome, the total value of support applied for, or awarded

Conflict(s) of interest.

Note whether there are any potential conflicts of interest for this proposal, and if so what actions will be taken to manage them.

If there are no conflicts of interest to declare, please make a nil return.

Applicant Check box

Mandatory: All applicants must check the box to confirm the applicant has read and agreed to the terms described on the form.

Our privacy notice below tells you what we are doing with your data and how we will keep it safe. We are processing your data for the purposes listed in the privacy notice only because you have given us consent to do so, by completing and submitting your application form. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at In this event, we will stop the processing as soon as we can. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before your withdrawal of consent.

Data protection: STFC Impact Acceleration Account

We (the University of Oxford - the University’s legal title is the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford) take your privacy seriously. This privacy notice tells you what we are doing with your data and how we will keep it safe. 

How will we use your data?

We need to process your data for the following purposes, related to the STFC IAA Fund: registering your application to the STFC IAA, carrying out remit checks or overlaps with other funds managed by the university, reviewing your submission, contacting applicants, announcing and sharing funding outcomes, sharing additional funding opportunities, exhibiting and publicising the project summary (successful applications), and evaluating the IAA project and portfolio. 

Applicant data (name, telephone number, and email address) will be processed for peer review, monitoring, evaluation and administration of the project and funding, and in order to contact the successful and unsuccessful applicants, and for dissemination of information about the IAA’s activities and events, and for collecting feedback for the project evaluation. 

Your data (name, department, and project title and lay summary) will be used to identify your IAA project, including on webpages displaying successful IAA-funded applications in the MPLS Division and departments. We may also use your data in publicity or promotional material related to the IAA, including on University websites. 

Optional Data

We will contact you separately to ask you to provide information about your age, gender, disability and race to assist us in auditing and evaluating the STFC Impact Acceleration Account. Providing this information is not a requirement for applying to the IAA. The University’s STFC-funded Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) aims to monitor access to IAA funding by Oxford’s academics and researchers. Understanding the diversity of our applicants is an important part of evaluating the access and benefits from IAA’s programme, support and funding.

If you choose to submit details of your age, gender, disability, and/or race or ethnicity, it will be used solely for evaluation of the IAA programme. It will not be shared with the panels assessing and allocating funding of applications or Oxford’s UKRI IAA Strategy Group, it will not be made public, and it will not be used in our publicity materials. Only aggregated (anonymous), data will be included in the evaluation report and in the IAA’s monitoring and reporting.

We are processing your data for these purposes only because you have given us consent to do so, by completing and submitting your application form, and for Optional Data, by completing and submitting Access Assessment form. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at [email TO BE ADDED]. In this event, we will stop the processing as soon as we can. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before your withdrawal of consent. 

Who has access to your data?

Access to applicant data within the University will be provided to those who need to view it as part of their work in carrying out the purposes described above. Your data may be shared publically as described above, in relation to the STFC Impact Acceleration Account. 

How long will we keep your data?

We will only retain your data for as long as we need it to meet our purposes, including any relating to legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. If you choose to submit details of your age, gender, disability and/or race or ethnicity, we will keep it until the project evaluation is completed, at which point it will be deleted. 

How will we keep your data safe?

Your data will be held securely in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures. Further information is available on the University’s Information Security website

How will we store and use your data?

We store and use your data on University premises, in both a manual and electronic form. 

What are your rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to put you in control of how your personal information is collected and used. It gives you these rights: 

  • To see what information we have about you

The right to be informed allows you to ask for full details of the personal information we hold on you.

  • To change the information

The right to ask us to correct anything that you think is wrong with the personal information we have on file about you, or if it is incomplete.

  • To be forgotten

The right to erasure allows you to ask us to delete your personal information.

  • Stop us using the information

The right to object allows you to tell us to stop using your information.

  • Change how the information is used

The right to restrict processing allows you to ask us to only use or store your information for certain purposes.

  • Move the information

The right to data portability allows you to ask for and download your personal information electronically, so you can move it, copy it or keep it for yourself. 

Further information on these rights is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

You can withdraw your consent for the processing or your data at any time by contacting us at In this event, we will stop the processing as soon as we can. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before your withdrawal of consent. 


If you wish to ask any questions about our use of your data, or want to exercise any of the rights described above, please contact us at email Please note that we may keep a record of your communications to help us resolve any issues which you raise. 

You can also contact the University’s Data Protection Officer at