ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2019-2023

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded the University a £1M Impact Acceleration Account 2019-2023, which is a block grant to accelerate the impact of research.

Festival of Social Science 2022

The national ESRC Festival of Social Science is from 22 October - 13 November 2022

The call is now open for event proposals - deadline extended to 15th August

The festival is an excellent opportunity for public and community engagement with all research that has a societal impact, whether social science research or other disciplines. Lancaster University will be hosting events as part of the national festival and we are inviting colleagues to submit a proposal to run an event.

The festival is aimed at engaging public and youth audiences with research that influences our social, economic and political lives. This year, as well as an open call inviting events from across all disciplines, the festival will also include a strand for events on the theme of 'My local area' - showcasing research in and about place:

  • The theme is linked to the place-based agenda, which is a priority area for ESRC and UKRI and we are encouraged to think broadly around this
  • A celebration of any and all aspects of social science research that relate to place for Lancaster University - our research and our community
  • We're encouraging you to explore what this means for you and your research and how you can create an engaging event for a public audience - there are no boundaries!

Events may be online or in person or a hybrid event and can be any type of event that is designed to enable two-way engagement. Funding is available for reasonable costs. You can see our 2021 events featured on the Festival of Social Science website.

How to apply

  1. Read the FoSS 2022 Event Leader Pack before submitting an event proposal; this provides guidance and advice and criteria for inclusion in the festival
  2. Complete the online form with as much information as you can at this stage
  3. Deadline is extended to 15 August 2022

This Word template is available to help you prepare your proposal, but you must complete and submit the online form.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel and inclusion in the festival will be confirmed with applicants.

If you have any questions please contact

Project Funding - now closed to applications

The IAA responsive mode route closed in July 2022 with the last call in this funding round. Thank you to all those who submitted an application; the outcomes have been communicated.

Please note that all projects funded in this 2019-2023 round of ESRC IAA funding must complete spend by the end of March 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us

What is an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)?

IAAs allow us to respond to impact opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways. They provide us with agility and flexibility to make decisions about how to invest IAA funding in ways that best suit our institutional strategies and opportunities. The IAA funding builds capacity and creates opportunities for the social sciences to work across disciplines to progress research outputs and outcomes towards impact.

Our aims

  • ESRC IAA funding allows us to respond to social science knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways
  • The IAA introduces agility and flexibility for us to take strategic-level decisions about how to invest the funding in ways that best suit our strategies and opportunities
  • It includes the opportunity to work across disciplines and leverage other funding to progress research outputs and outcomes towards impact

Our objectives

  • To strengthen knowledge exchange through culture change, including through the development of skills for Knowledge Exchange activity
  • To strengthen research organisation and researcher – research user engagement
  • To support knowledge exchange – including at early stages of progressing research outputs and outcomes to the point when they can be supported by other funding
  • To support new, innovative and imaginative approaches to KE and impact, including processes that enable “fast failure” and appropriate learning
  • To support activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, including secondments and people exchange