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.

Download the ESRC application form and guidance documents

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

ESRC Festival of Social Science

ESRC’s Annual Festival of Social Science is a week-long celebration of the social sciences held every year with events taking place across the UK. It ran between 2-9 November 2019 and will take place at a similar time of year in 2020. It’s a fantastic opportunity for academics to engage with non-academic audiences.


Project Funding

Funding Calls

Following the very successful first Funding Call in April 2019, we will be running thematic workshops with associated funding calls throughout the programme. The next thematic call is in discussion and will be announced as soon as possible.

Responsive Mode Funding

We also run a Responsive Mode application process on a rolling basis, to allow flexibility and agility around our potential to support impact. Applications submitted in this way will be assessed by the funding panel every other month, i.e. 01 October 2019, 01 December 2019, 01 February 2020 and so on.

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Please read the following information carefully before submitting an application.

For further information or queries, please contact Laura Kornas at or telephone 01524 593407