Impact Acceleration Account funds help create impact through engaging with our partners.
The University of Edinburgh has been awarded further funding for the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). These funds will support industry engagement and commercialisation activities from EPSRC funded research. These activities include collaborative projects, secondments and PhD internships. The fund aims to increase, advance and accelerate the achievement of impact to the UK plc from EPSRC funded research. The funds are managed by Edinburgh Innovations on behalf of the College of Science & Engineering.
The funding call process is now open to applications. Deadlines, review dates for the panel to meet and feedback dates to award projects are detailed below.
|Call Opens||Call Closes||Panel Convenes||Decision Communicated|
|17th July 2017||4th August 2017||7th August 17||21st August 2017|
|4th September 2017||29th September 2017||2nd October 2017||16th October 2017|
|2nd October 2017||27th October 2017||30th October 2017||13th November 2017|
|6th November 2017||1st December 2017||4th December 2017||18th December 2017|
|8th January 2018||26th January 2018||29th January 2018||12th February 2018|
If you are interested in applying for IAA funding for a project please read through the combined guidelines and application forms below:
Funding Guidelines and Rules
Applications are assessed at the University by an internal panel, comprised of colleagues in Edinburgh Innovations Business Development Team and academic representatives.
The funds available are limited, but any reasonable cost will be considered. A breakdown of the costs and a forecast of the spend should be part of your application. All funds must be spent by January 2020. Costs can include PDRA time, PI time, consumables and travel (further details available in the rules and guideline documents).
It is desirable that a letter of support is submitted with the application, but not a strict requirement. If the application is successful in order to progress a letter of support will then be required.
This will be dictated by the project requirements. A project can be as short as 1 month and as long as 12 months as long as it ends by the 31st January 2020.
Yes, although IAA funds would not be able to support the HEI partnership involvement.
No. The IAA funds have been awarded by the Research Councils as a grant so usual rules apply to how funds can be spent.
There are no geographical restrictions for the company location, however it must be clearly demonstrated how the impact will be felt in the UK, so UK companies are often more appropriate. This typically means the collaborating company should have a UK R&D presence. Anticipated impact must be seen in the UK.
Projects can be with companies that the University have previously worked with, with a view to maturing a relationship, or can be new relationships.
No, there are no restrictions on the number of applications an individual can submit.
Projects need to be completed by the end of Jnauary 2020, to esnure that all funds are spent by the end of the grant period.