EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2022

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2017-2022

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 £1,003,358 for the period 2017-2022.

The next open call to the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account fund went live Wednesday 28th April 2021.

For 2021-2022, the fund are split into 2 pots: Small fund & Main fund:

Small Fund IAA Awards:

  • Applications for Small Award can be up to £7,500
  • If an immediate need is demonstrated, a Small fund application will be considered at any point but please note that they are held to completion deadlines.

Main Fund IAA Awards:

  • Applications for Main Award can be from £7,500 to £30,000

Applicants must apply using the following link: – (https://standrews.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9LBu7eYD8CoilsW)  (the Word version of the application is EPSRC IAA Application Form 2021-22_to be shared).

Please note that to complete the online application an itemised cost breakdown is required, plus a FAS costing if there is a salary component, as part of the application.

Please read the updated EPSRC IAA Guidance Notes 2021-22_Final.

All applications must have been discussed with the Director of Impact or Director of Research prior to submission and have a statement of support from them included as part of the application.

The deadline for applications is Noon, 25th May 2021.

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 2022 with no option of extension. Individuals should keep track of spend on grant and ensure that they keep to own project deadlines.


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