ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Next ESRC IAA Funding deadline - Wednesday 15 November 2017

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) was awarded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to the University of Glasgow, with the goal of supporting knowledge exchange and impact activity by Glasgow’s social scientists in the period 2014-2018. 

The account is a flexible and dynamic source of funding, distributed by a panel organised by the University, which is chaired by the Dean of Interdisciplinary and Impact, Professor Sayantan Ghosal. Through its distribution, the University aims to support researchers working within the ESRC remit to:

  • Build relationships with potential ‘real world’ users of research;
  • Engage with user organisations at all stages of the research cycle;
  • Place researchers from the University into user organisations, or vice-versa;
  • Work with user organisations to establish real world ‘proof of concept’ of new ideas;
  • Improve their knowledge exchange and impact related skills.

Funding is awarded via 4 distinct strands, but the panel welcomes applicants’ creativity in designing IAA projects under these headings:

  • User Engagement – up to £5000 for early stage engagement or scoping activities with new or existing non-academic partners to co-design/co-develop projects with clear impact potential. 

UoG ESRC IAA User Engagement Guidance Notes

ESRC IAA Application Form


  • Follow On Fund – up to £20,000 for the development of innovative and experimental forms of knowledge exchange from existing or on-going quality research, not just those projects previously funded by the ESRC

UoG ESRC IAA - Follow On Fund Guidance Notes

ESRC IAA Application Form


  • Knowledge Exchange Placement Fund – up to £50,000 to support the inward and outward movement of postgraduate students and staff intended to develop sustainable partnerships between academic and non-academic organisations

UoG ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Placement Guidance Notes

ESRC IAA Application Form


  • Urgency Fund – up to £2000 to enable researchers to respond quickly to urgent, rare or unforeseen events, or to take advantage of time-limited opportunities

UoG ESRC IAA Urgency Fund Guidance Notes

ESRC IAA Application Form


Applications for the Urgency Fund can be submitted at any time to


  • EPSRC / ESRC IAA Joint Funding Initiative - deadline 15/11/2017

In collaboration with our EPSRC IAA colleagues, we are delighted to offer a joint-funding initiative between EPSRC IAA and ESRC IAA.

- ~£30,000 sized projects, involving researchers working in EPSRC & ESRC remits.

- Match funding / in-kind funding from external organisation/s encouraged.

- Highlight notice theme of Smart Campus although all bids considered.


For more information on eligibility, and for application forms, please follow the links to each strand above. If you are interested in applying to any of the strands, we would encourage you to have an informal discussion with the ESRC IAA Administrator Mr Jonny Houston (, before you begin your application.