EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2020

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2020
***All the funds of the EPSRC IAA have now been allocated and a) no further rounds of funding are expected and b) we are no longer taking fast track applications***
The University of St Andrews is one of 33 Universities in the UK with an Impact Acceleration Account from EPSRC, which is intended to promote and increase the impact of the institution’s EPSRC funded research.  We were awarded IAA funding in the region of £570k for the period 2017-2020.

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account is intended to:

  • Strengthen user/academic engagement
  • Strengthen the exchange of knowledge through culture and capability development
  • Support KE and commercialisation in the early stages, by progressing research outputs/outcomes to the point where they would be supported by other funding
  • Support activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner including secondments and people exchange

The University of St Andrews proposes to use the funding to provide support mainly in two areas

  • Project development – at the early and later stages of impact, to the point where projects would be supported by other funding. The previous two calls have focussed on this area.
  • Researcher development – training, networking, building external relationships and ‘people exchange’

Most projects will be awarded following rolling open calls, but some funds will be set aside for centrally organised activities, such as training and networking events.

The University particularly welcomes applications from anyone who has not applied for EPSRC IAA funding before. The applicant does not have to be the PI on an earlier EPSRC grant, or even working in an ‘EPSRC discipline’, as long as the proposed project builds on some EPSRC funded research. Please see the Guidance Notes and Application Form for more details.

Conditions of funding

All EPSRC IAA funded researchers will be expected to:

  • Maintain a record in Pure, keeping any evidence of impact as it occurs during and after the project ends. For all successful applicants, Research Impact Officers will start a new impact record, or add to an existing record in Pure, using information provided at the application stage.
  • Contribute to any annual events such as IAA Showcase days, e.g. provide poster, demo or short presentation
  • Report on progress with their project, usually half way through and at the end of the project. Outcomes from IAA funding must be available for our institutional level annual reporting to EPSRC
  • Ensure that IAA funding is spent within time limits. All spend on the total IAA grant allocated to the university must be completed by 31st March 2020 with no option of extension. Individuals should keep track of spend on grant and ensure that they keep to own project deadlines.