ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

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Following the success of Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) round one (2014-2019) the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded The University of Manchester a further £1 million to continue to deliver IAA2 until 2023.

IAA2 will be used to fund knowledge exchange (KE) activities to accelerate the impact of research in the social sciences from across the University.

What are the aims for IAA2?

The University of Manchester’s aims for IAA2 are:

  • to consolidate existing strengths that emerge from the first phase of ESRC IAA funding (IAA1) and the broader University research context;
  • to encourage innovative, risk-taking impact and KE activities;
  • to continue to enhance the rigour of all KE and impact activities, including doctoral training;
  • to continue to cultivate an environment where impact and KE are core elements of higher education activities, alongside the traditional pillars of research and teaching;
  • to secure the long-term sustainability of impact and KE activities.

What schemes are available?

ESRC IAA schemes cover potential impact activities at all stages of the research process, from setting up networks to help inform or scope new research projects, to the development of activities designed to apply previous research.

How do I apply?

Before you submit an application, you should contact a member of the Research Support Service.

Complete the application form for your chosen call and send to Applications will be evaluated by the ESRC IAA team and then sent to the ESRC IAA Schemes Panel for consideration.