Edinburgh Research Office

Funding available from the University

The Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team manage funding schemes and opportunities to help you create research impact.

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The University of Edinburgh is an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA) awardee for 2019-2023. The Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team manage this award. The main funding opportunities are:

ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant

The purpose of this grant is to accelerate impact of research. The maximum award is £20,000.

Projects are undertaken in active partnership with research users in the public, private, or civil society sectors.

We expect projects to have the potential for significant impact both within the partner organisations and beyond. We expect research user partner organisations to match the cash value of the grant with contributions in kind or cash.

Projects should normally not last more than one calendar year.

There are normally two calls per year for this grant. 

The grant is open to academic staff across the University of Edinburgh with research as part of their contract.  

ESRC IAA Placement

The scheme provides an opportunity for social science researchers to work within an organisation where their research can be of use. We welcome applications throughout the year.

Business Boost Fund

The purpose of the Business Boost scheme is to provide small seed funding of up to £5000 for social science researchers to engage with private sector organisations. This includes private companies, social enterprises, co-operatives, trade & regulatory bodies. We welcome applications throughout the year. Please contact KE.office@ed.ac.uk in the first instance.

ESRC IAA Rapid Response

The Rapid Response scheme is for urgent opportunities for research impact that arise between deadlines. Please contact KE.office@ed.ac.uk in the first instance.

ESRC IAA directed investment

In addition to this project funding, we have a limited amount of funding available for cross-cutting initiatives where the aim is to test out a new method of engaging or in other ways innovate in knowledge exchange. We expect applications for this scheme to include leveraged funding from collaborators or from elsewhere within the University. Please contact KE.office@ed.ac.uk in the first instance for an informal discussion.

ESRC IAA funding opportunities (University staff only)

Contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team if you wish to discuss any of our funding opportunities.

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CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant

This grant allows academics to engage with policy, practice, industry or community audiences to increase the impact of research through mutual exchange.

Grants will be between £2,000 and £3,000, but in special circumstances up to £5,000 may be awarded.

There are usually two calls per year for this grant.

 

CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant opportunities (University staff only)

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

There are interdisciplinary opportunities for CAHSS researchers via the University’s EPSRC IAA, to enable industry engagement and commercialisation activities from EPSRC funded research.

Information on the EPSRC IAA (secured)

Grants managed by Schools

Check with your local School Research Office for any small grants offered by your School for Knowledge Exchange and Impact.

Find out more

We regularly promote ESRC IAA calls and deadlines. 

We promote the call for the CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant in early Autumn and early Spring each year.

Contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team if you wish to discuss any of these funding opportunities, or identify which scheme is best suited to your project idea.

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External Knowledge Exchange and Impact funding

There are external funding opportunities to support knowledge exchange and impact. We provide advice on how to win this funding to researchers in CAHSS.

External funding opportunities for Knowledge Exchange and Impact