College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Translational funding options

Details of translational funding opportunities available to researchers.

There are a number of translational funding opportunities available to researchers  within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.  

  • Do you have an idea that addresses an unmet clinical need or that has ‘game changing’ potential?
  • Is it time to prove that your idea will work and take it to the next stage of development?
  • Would you like to visit a company to present your project idea or bring the company to Edinburgh to showcase your centre's work?
  • Have you thought about working in and experiencing an industrial environment for a short period of time, exchanging ideas and knowledge with a commercial company?

These funds can support a vast array of translational work, commercial activities and industrial engagement.  

Please download our Translational Funding At A Glance document  which shows the translational research funding opportunities available to University of Edinburgh researchers at each stage of the translational pathway.


Supporting documents



MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

The MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), previously known as Confidence in Concept, is intended to support the transition from fundamental to translational research. The fund is part of the UKRI IAA funding programme 2022 - 2025.

MRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Engagement Fund

This fund will support engagement with external organisations to build collaborative partnerships. Details on fund remit and how to apply.

Harmonised Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

The new funding is available for impact or translational projects that include at least two researchers representing separate council remits (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC/ Wellcome Trust iTPA)

Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

A cross-college fund that supports the strategic priorities of the University in biomedical sciences, including the translation and commercialisation of research.

Wellcome iTPA Translational Community

Support for early stage projects with a clear translational focus.

Impact Acceleration Accounts (BBSRC IAA)

Support to enable translational and commercialisation activities from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded research.

Impact Acceleration Accounts (EPSRC IAA)

Supports industry engagement and commercialisation activities from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded research.