Research and Knowledge Exchange

ESRC Impact Grant

Grants to accelerate the impact of social science research. Projects are undertaken in active partnership with research users in the public, private or civil society sectors.


The purpose of the grant is to accelerate impact of research. We welcome applications for ambitious projects conducted in active partnership with one or more research user organisations from the public, private or civil society sectors. We expect projects to have the potential for significant impact both within the partner organisations and beyond.
This funding is part of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account which enables us to strengthen links with research users, share best practice, and together realise impact in more flexible, responsive and creative ways.  Find out more about our Impact Acceleration Account from ESRC.

Funding available

Up to £20,000.


One more year of funding has been agreed for this Grant.  There will be 2 calls in 2017/18 and all funding should be spent by 31 March 2019.

The first call has a deadline for applications on 5 October 2017 (for Expressions of Interest) and 16 November 2017 (for Full Applications).  

The second call for small short-term projects will take place in March - dates to be confirmed.

Should you have a good project that comes together in between the calls, please contact Anne Sofie as there may be funding available - details below.

How to apply

View guidelines and application forms (UoE staff and visitors only)

Previously funded projects

View summaries of ESRC Impact Grants awarded. UoE staff and visitors will also be able to click through to full applications.

More information

Anne Sofie Laegran

Knowledge Exchange Manager

  • Knowledge Exchange Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact details