College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

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.

Funding remit

MRC IAA supports the translation of fundamental science into new therapies, diagnostics, medical devices and technologies to benefit human health.  Funding aims to accelerate this transition by supporting preliminary work to establish the viability of an approach.  It is intended to rapidly de-risk projects across the whole translational pathway so that they become competitive for substantial funding, investment or industrial partnership.

All disease areas and modalities of intervention are eligible although projects should address an unmet clinical or healthcare technology need with a clear developmental pathway towards patients and end users.

Projects that include industrial collaboration and partnerships with direct or in-kind funding support are encouraged and will be prioritised. Please note that IP and results generated during a funded project should reside with the University of Edinburgh.

Projects should be milestone led, with clear measurable objectives, requiring active project management for delivery. 

Projects will be funded in region of £30k-£100k over 6-12 months.  100% of directly incurred and directly allocated costs.


What the funding cannot support

  • entire translational projects

  • industrial partner costs
  • administration costs
  • staff between posts or funding (for example, as bridging funds)
  • PhD studentships
  • continuation of normal research grants
  • costs related to protection of intellectual property
  • large equipment costs 
  • staff exchange into a spin-out company of the host institution



Lead applicants must have a contract of employment with University of Edinburgh for the duration of the award. Applications are encouraged from applicants at all career stages and from under-represented groups in line with the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

How to apply

Guidance on how to apply for MRC IAA funding, application form and guidelines.


Information on the assessment review panel.


Reporting requirements for successful award holders.

Previous awards

Since 2013, we have funded 80 projects from MRC Confidence in Concept funding.