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EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded The University of Manchester over £2.4M to deliver an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) that aims to increase and accelerate the impact of our business collaborations, running from April 2017 to March 2020.

This IAA is helping us to maximise our economic and social impact by ensuring we deliver research and expertise effectively and efficiently to external partners in areas covered by EPSRC research. It funds a range of support mechanisms, from initial engagement and collaboration, through to commercialisation.

This means you can now access our research and expertise via the following activities:

Relationship Incubator Scheme

We want to encourage long-term, beneficial collaboration between business and academics by establishing contact and aligning everyone’s strategies at an early stage.

That’s why our Relationship Incubator Scheme aims to foster new relationships between industry and academic researchers, creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and skills. 

Case study

 

Driving supply chain innovation

The University of Manchester Knowledge Engagement Team organised an EPSRC IAA funded event in May 2014 to encourage industry engagement and innovation.

Watch a video from the event

Get involved

If you have a project that you think may be suitable for our Relationship Incubator Scheme, contact us for more information.

We can help you to make your application, and you can download our guidance notes below:

Proof of Concept Scheme

We want to provide support for the very early stage of transforming research outputs into commercial opportunities.

Therefore, funding is available to support the development of an early evaluation prototype or ‘demonstrator’, initial trials in a particular field, or ‘scoping exercises’.

Case study

Find A Better Way

Our partnership with Find A Better Way helps tackle the legacy of landmines.

Watch the Find A Better Way video.

Get involved

If you have a project that would benefit from a proof of concept, contact us for more information.

We can help you to make your application, and you can download our guidance notes below:

Secondment Scheme

One of the best ways to increase the exchange of knowledge is to encourage the exchange of people between universities and organisations.

We can provide flexible support for secondments between our University and your business or organisation that focus on the commercial development of specific EPSRC research outputs. This support also helps us to extend the culture and skills for business engagement at the University.

Case study

Phoenix Inspection Systems

Researchers from the University helped Phoenix Inspection Systems to develop prototype testing equipment that uses an acoustic pulse to detect defects in pipes.

Watch the Phoenix Inspection Systems video.

Get involved

If you have a project that would benefit from a secondment, contact us for more information.

We can help you to make your application, and you can download our guidance notes below: