Impact Funding

Immediate deadlines (internal calls administered by RIS)

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.

We have recently been awarded a one year extension to The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account fund to 31st March 2021.

We have been awarded the funding amount of £382,600.00.

The Word version of the application can be requested from the Impact team, applicants must apply using the link EPSRC IAA 2020-2021. Please note that a FAS costing is required if there is a salary component, to complete the online application.

Applications can be up to the value of £30,000.

Scottish Funding Council Global Challenges Research Fund FY 2020-21

The SFC Global Challenges Research Fund 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.
Call now open for applications up to £80k – spend deadline: 31 July 2021
Deadline for applications: 20 July 2020

The SFC Official Development Assistance (ODA) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for 2019-20 continues to be open for Rapid Response or Contingency applications and top-up. For this Rapid Response route, note that all spend must be completed by 31 July 2020.

Rapid Response: Paper application St Andrews SFC ODA GCRF Guidance & Application Form 2019-20 Rapid Response or online applications for rapid response. If you complete the online form, please notify

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STFC Impact Acceleration Account FY 2020-21

The STFC Impact Acceleration Account is intended to promote and increase the impact of the institution’s STFC funded research. We have been awarded IAA funding in the region of £50,000 for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021.
Deadline: Closed

The STFC Impact Acceleration Account is intended to:

  • Strengthening knowledge exchange between academic and industrial stakeholders
  • Support proof of concept projects derived from STFC research, which could result in further funding
  • Supporting new, innovative, and imaginative approaches to KE and Impact
  • Supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner,including secondments and people exchange
  • Support impact emerging from a body of research undertaken over a significant period of time. Multiple funders may have been involved in this body of research, but the RO must be able to demonstrate a connection between IAA expenditure and funding previously awarded by STFC
  • Building and support for strategic partnerships for multi-disciplinary impact.

University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund

The University of St Andrews KE & Impact Fund is open to University of St Andrews academic staff only. 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; next deadline: Open only for rapid response applications
  • Small KE & Impact Awards
    £500 to £2.5k; next deadlines: 17 June 2020

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