STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Fund
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).
Introduction to the STFC IAA
STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Fund provides support for activities that will accelerate impact from University of Oxford research that falls within the 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):
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.
Call open: May 2023 (TBC)
Application deadline: September 2023 (TBC)
Panel meetings: October 2023 (TBC)
Project starts on or after 1st November 2023
*Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an out of round application.
STFC IAA Funding Schemes
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 fund (£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 fund (£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.
Application to the STFC IAA
STFC IAA Funding Calls will be announced on a regular basis, usually twice a year, until all of the available funding has been allocated.
Application form and guidance will be available here once the call is open. Applicants should read the guidance for the relevant scheme thoroughly prior to submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to contact the IAA team in advance. Support will be provided for applicants.
Pre-submission feedback: IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please email 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.
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 IRAMS 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.
Informal enquiries are welcome from applicants – email email@example.com
STFC IAA Assessment
Applications for STFC IAA will be considered by the fund selection committee.
STFC IAA Panel
Prof Phil Burrows (Particle Physics) – Chair
Prof Armin Reichold (Particle Physics)
Prof Dimitra Rigopoulou (Astrophysics)
Prof Carly Howett (Atmospheric Oceanic and Planetary Physics)
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
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
STFC IAA FAQ
Can I share details of my IAA plans with external partners? What should I do about management of intellectual property related to my project?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant Technology Transfer Manager at OUI (if applicable) at the earliest possible stage, to discuss the proposed project and the intellectual property management plan.
Applicants should not refrain from working with external partners solely due to fears around protection of the IP; all the necessary contractual arrangements can and will be put in place to ensure that IP is appropriately protected. This may include confidentiality agreements for pre- and post-application discussions, collaboration agreements or secondment agreements, amongst others. The terms of any IP agreement will take into consideration the funding, the work being carried out by the parties and any relevant background IP introduced and will always be in line with the University’s approach to IP.
Am I eligible to apply for IAA funding? I am an Early Career Researcher / a visitor / student
The Committee welcomes applications from Early Career Researchers.
PIs must be University employees holding a contract of employment and may be hosted by any department of the University. However, (early career) researchers requesting costs for their own salary cannot be a Principal Investigator on the application. Get in touch if you have questions about eligibility.
Researchers holding honorary or visiting positions, DPhil students (undergraduate students) are not eligible to apply.
Applicants should clarify their eligibility with their departments, and departmental approvers are required to check eligibility of their applicants before advancing any applications.
Privacy notice: STFC Impact Acceleration Account
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 email@example.com. 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, for collecting partnership data for relevant to business engagement, 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.
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 publicly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org