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3rd Call for IAA proposals

The focussed thematic event will provide the opportunity for researchers and industry to interact and influence each's others research direction and/or business plan that results in an idea that forms the basis of an IAA funded project. These will be highly participative events and attendance will be limited to ensure time for sufficient interaction between researchers and businesses that result in creative partnerships and an investable proposition. Each event is expected to run between 10am and 4pm with refreshments and lunch provided.

Dee Hennessy will facilitate and utilise her experience of running similar events for EPSRC, NERC, ESRC in addition to dozens of ideation and collaboration events with research communities and business consortia. Also present at each event will be members of the Faculty of Science and Technology Business Partnerships and Enterprise Team who will provide advice and guidance on the collaborative options available through the IAA and other mechanisms (TSB, KTP, CASE Awards etc.).

Funding allocated through the IAA is designed to help translate academic research into wider societal and economic benefit. It is important to stress that activities are designed to promote impact from EPSRC funded outcomes. That does not necessarily mean that applicants have to be in current or previous possession of EPSRC funding, but there needs to be a link between EPSRC funding and the proposed IAA project. Previously we have supported PIs, Co-Is and researchers supported by the EPSRC as doctoral students or research fellows. If there is any doubt regarding eligibility, potential applicants are urged to contact Mark Rushforth.

The Lancaster IAA has maintained a focus of university/SME collaborations and this is reflected in the awards made so far. However, we try to be flexible and creative in the use of funds and have supported projects with larger companies and charities where a strong case has been made and we will continue to do that. Applicants are urged to look at the list of previously funded projects.

The events detailed above are designed to be a dynamic process from start to finish. By the end of each day researchers and their external partners will be expected to have made significant progress towards completing an IAA application. Activities are designed to ensure projects are aligned with the aims of the Lancaster IAA and therefore success rates of those attending are expected to be high.

There are a number of ways to get involved in the events listed above:

1. Researchers with existing external partners

Researchers are expected to complete a simple expression of interest, detailing the session they want to attend, details of themselves and their external partner with a few lines explaining what is of mutual interest for potential collaboration.

2. Researchers looking for external partners

The Faculty of Science and Technology Business Partnerships and Enterprise Team interact with a number of external partners and there is some scope to identify collaborators of interest if you complete a simple expression of interest detailing your area of research, potential impact and type of external partner required. To get the best chance of finding a suitable external partner, researchers are urged to submit their EoI as early as possible.

3. External Partners looking to utilise research expertise

Similarly, the Faculty of Science and Technology Business Partnerships and Enterprise Team can identify areas of research expertise that can be utilised for potential commercial benefit for businesses. Complete a simple expression of interest detailing your company's main activity, expertise required and potential impact of that expertise. The team can then ensure there are researchers with relevant expertise on the day to ensure a suitable idea and project can be developed. To get the best chance of finding suitable research expertise, businesses are urged to submit their EoI as early as possible.

4. Applying for IAA funding outside the Collaborative Impact events

The university is keen to support as many proposals as possible to accelerate the impact of EPSRC related research outputs and develop collaborative links with external partners through new and innovative mechanisms such as these Collaborative Impact Events. As stated throughout IAA is designed to be flexible and therefore a limited amount of funding will be available for researchers wanting to apply outside of the events proposed and outside of the focus areas. However, it must be reiterated that activities as part of the Collaborative Impact events are designed to ensure projects are aligned with the aims of the Lancaster IAA and therefore success rates of those attending are expected to be high.

Please contact Dr Mark Rushforth (m.rushforth@lancaster.ac.uk) in the first instance to discuss the best options for your collaboration.

Timeline

Call Launch: Monday 24th February

EoIs - Researchers and External partners looking for partners: 5pm Monday 24th March

EoIs - Researchers and Existing Partners: 5pm Monday 31st March

Confirmation of acceptance to attend: 5pm Wednesday 2nd April

Collaborative Impact Events: Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th April

Deadline for Acceptance of Applications: 5pm Thursday 17th April

Evaluation and Notification to Applicants: Early May

Projects start: June/July

Successful applicants will be expected to complete a short project summary form, provide material for case studies when requested and attend workshops promoting IAA schemes and furthering university/industry collaborations.

Further information

If you have any questions about applying for funding for any of the schemes please contact Dr Mark Rushforth (m.rushforth@lancaster.ac.uk) in the first instance.