ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 2019-2023

We are delighted to have won a second ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) for the University, funded from 2019 to 2023. Applications for the awards below are welcome from all disciplines and faculties and from PhD students to senior academics. Please see details below and contact the RED Knowledge Exchange Associate (KEA) for your faculty or Eloise Meller to discuss your ideas. 

The research underlying an IAA application does not need to have been ESRC-funded but the application must demonstrate how the proposed project is rooted in and driven by social science research, and how the research leads to the impact of the proposed project, partnership and outcome(s).   

ESRC IAA Awards 

See ESRC IAA 2019-23 Guidelines for detailed information.

Exploratory Impact Awards average £3,000 and are to explore potential routes to impact and partnerships, to identify the potential impact of specific research and/or take the first steps towards impact.

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships awards up to £16,000 are for continuous or part-time inward and/or outgoing exchanges with non-academic partners to enable academics and external partners to work closely and create impact from existing research. Incoming Fellows from government, NGOs or businesses have honorary staff status. Outgoing academics will have their salary or teaching cover funded. Awards will also fund allowable expenses for both incoming and/or outgoing academics and their partners.

Impact Project Awards up to £16,000 enable a wide range of impactful activities led by an academic PI working with non-academic partner(s). Projects are expected to produce specific deliverables such as physical or software prototypes or products, toolkits, training packages, business processes or policy recommendations.

Rapid Impact Travel Awards average £500 and are for visits to stakeholders or potential partners to explore impact opportunities and contextualise research findings.

PhD Networking Awards average £300 and are for PhD students to begin translating research into impact.

Impact Internships for PhDs and ECRs average £2,000 and are for PhD students and ECRs (researchers within 10 years of PhD submission) to begin translating research into impact. 

Please see also the ESRC NPIF-Accelerating Business Collaboration funding opportunity. If you are interested, please get in touch with the relevant contact below to discuss your ideas.  

Submitting your Application

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships and Impact Project applications will be submitted to a Funding Panel, comprising internal and external Reviewers. Submission deadlines and Funding Panel Meeting dates for 2020 are below. We aim to notify applicants of Panel decisions within two weeks of the meeting.

             Submission deadline    Thurs 15 October 2020 for Funding Panel Meeting Thurs 5 November 2020

             Submission deadline    tbc - Spring 2021

Exploratory, Impact Internships, Rapid Impact Travel and PhD Networking applications can be submitted for review and decisions at any time. RED will lead the review and aim to notify applicants of the decision within two weeks of the submission.

Please contact the RED Knowledge Exchange Associate (KEA) for your faculty or Eloise Meller with any queries or to discuss your ideas, and send your completed application form to Nikki Hicks.  


We strongly encourage you to contact Eloise Meller RED KEA for Social Sciences to discuss your ideas or if you have any queries.

Other resources that may be helpful in shaping your IAA Project application are:




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