Impact Funding

Immediate deadlines (internal calls administered by RPO)

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2020 

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account is intended to promote and increase the impact of the institution’s EPSRC funded research.  We have been awarded IAA funding in the region of £570k for the period 2017-2020. This fund has more than one call.
Current deadline: 1 September 2017

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Global Challenges (GCRF) FY 2017-18

The SFC Official Development Assistance GCRF for FY 2017-18 has as its primary objective the purposes of supporting cutting-edge research that promotes the economic development and well-being of countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
Deadline: 20 September 2017

University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund

The University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund is open to University of St Andrews academic staff. The fund targets projects based on research conducted (solely or jointly) which enhance the institution’s achieved impact. There are two types of funding stream with several deadlines:

  • Main KE & Impact Awards, including PhD Internships
    £2.5k to £12.5k; current deadline: 4 October 2017
  • Small KE & Impact Awards
    £500 to £2.5k; current deadline: 4 October 2017

Immediate deadline (open calls)

AHRC Engaging with Government 2018

The AHRC Engaging with Government 2018 programme is a three-day course for early career researchers* working in any area of the AHRC’s subject domain. It will take place in March 2018 and is designed to provide an insight into the policy making process, and help participants develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of their research. It also aims to build links between policy makers and the most dynamic new research in the arts and humanities. We are inviting eligible researchers to submit an application to attend the course.

The programme will:

  • Encourage you to see opportunities where your own research could make a valuable contribution in a public policy context
  • Challenge you to think in more depth about the policy process, and the role of research within it
  • Increase the influencing and communication skills that you need to achieve this.

Closing date: 25 September 2017

*At the point of application, applicants must be either within eight years of the award of their doctorate or equivalent professional training, or within six years of their first academic appointment.

General impact calls administered by RBDC

St Andrews Research Business Development & Contracts (RBDC) calls

Public Engagement related activities (full lists of funding are available on the RBDC webpages):
Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities

Other Impact funding opportunities

RCUK follow-on and other funders

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project.

Operates without formal deadlines and will offer awards of up to £100,000 (fEC) for a maximum of 12 months

NERC Follow-on Funding is a ‘proof of concept’ fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from that NERC-funded research, for which a maximum of £125k (£100k NERC contribution at 80% fEC) may be requested.

NERC Pathfinder Grants Pathfinder awards enable you to fill knowledge gaps of good understanding of the likely market potential for the technology around which the project is based via activities such as market assessment and competitor analysis, intellectual property searches, engaging with potential commercial collaborators and end-users, and ‘milestone 1’ technical work where the technical feasibility of the whole project depends on it. Pathfinder awards are normally between £7,000 and £10,000, but in exceptional circumstances a maximum of £25,000 is available (NERC will contribute £20,000 at 80% fEC).

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute supports programmes of knowledge exchange which address and provide insight on substantial issues that face Scotland and the wider world. Their programmes break down disciplinary and organisational barriers in bringing together academics from different backgrounds, policymakers and practitioners. Check the website for current calls.

Wellcome Public Engagement Fund is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research.

Level of funding: You can apply for anything from £5,000 up to £3 million
Duration of funding: Up to 5 years

Wellcome: Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science
Small Grants fund programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work.
Career stage: Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research
Level of funding: Usually up to £30,000
Duration of funding: Flexible, usually 6 to 12 months but can be longer