Impact Funding

Immediate deadlines (internal calls administered by the RIS Impact Team)

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:

  • Main KE & Impact Awards, including PhD Internships
    £2k to £10k; deadlines: 6 November 2020 & 26 April 2021
  • Small KE & Impact Awards
    £500 to £2k; open, but application will be reviewed in the first weeks of November 2020, February 2021 and May 2021

Please note: spend for the November and February rounds must be completed by 31 July 2021.

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 is a 2-part application process. We would like to know the number of potential submissions we may receive for this call by asking prospective PIs (1) to submit an expression of interest, before (2) submitting the main online application.  Applications must be preceded by an EOI and those without an EOI submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

  • The deadline for the EOI has now passed
  • The deadline for the main application is noon, 21st September and must be made  using the following link: EPSRC IAA Online Application Form

Go to The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account  for more information.

Scottish Funding Council Global Challenges Research Fund
(Rapid Response & COVID-19) 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.

The Rapid Response and COVID-19 funding stream are open for applications, but require demonstrable urgent need to be eligible. For this Rapid Response route, please note that all spend needs to be completed by 31 July 2021.

Rapid Response: Paper application St Andrews SFC ODA GCRF Guidance & Application Form 2020-21 Rapid Response or online applications for rapid response. If you complete the online form, please notify ris_gcrf@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The Main call is now CLOSED.

UKRI International COVID-19 call opens to support world’s most vulnerable people

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.

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