EPSRC IAA 2020 - 2022

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the University of Glasgow a further £1.13M for the period 2020-2022 in addition to the £1.69m Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) awarded in 2017. These funds are being used to increase the global impact of the University through greater levels of external engagement and entrepreneurship.

The Impact Acceleration Account supports a range of interventions with a focus on investments that pump-prime wider KE activities and impact generation. The IAA aims to deliver this by focusing on 4 core objectives:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Partnership development
  • Researcher mobility
  • Capacity building and culture change

The EPSRC IAA provides funding to build on previous EPSRC-funded research projects. Examples of eligible activities include: prototyping, collaborative development, enterprise, industry secondments, and travel to meet with collaborators or attend industry events. The IAA Management Group will announce activities that will support networking and relationship building and involve relevant staff. There will also be directed calls throughout the IAA period.  

If you would like to apply for EPSRC IAA funds, please discuss your idea with a a member of the IAA Team, or a Business / Research Development, KE or Impact Manager in your College.

Download the EPSRC IAA 2020-22 Application Form for standard IAA projects of up to £40,000.

Download the ‌EPSRC IAA 2020-22 Fast Track Application Form for projects of £3,000 or less.

Please ensure that you read the application guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting your application. For further guidance please see our new resources page.

IAA News

25th October 2021

We are pleased to announce a further two online Masterclasses on Responsible Innovation in Practice, led by Couto Phoenix Consulting. These will compliment our new responsible innovation webpage which is packed full of useful resources which have been designed to inform projects at all stages in their lifecycle (see here).  The first workshop, ‘An Introduction to Putting Responsible Innovation into Practice’ will take place on Thursday 18th of November 11AM – 1PM

  • Learn what responsible innovation (RI) is, why it is important and where it applies along the research to innovation continuum. 
  • Learn how to start embedding RI into your research via the AREA framework.
  • Learn to distinguish between RI and other public engagement/science communication activities

Places are limited to 25. Please register in advance by following this link.

The second workshop will take place towards end of January 2022 (TBA), and will follow on from the first workshop with greater depth: ‘Responsible Innovation in Practice – Developing Your Engagement Strategy’  

  • Understanding stakeholders is key to embedding RI into your research.  
  • Work with your fellow participants to conduct an in-depth analysis of project stakeholders.
  • Develop an awareness of their interests, how they align with the approach you are taking to solve your research question   and identify whether they can influence your work. 


11th October 2021

New "Short Turn-Around" standard IAA proposal submission deadline announced.

The next Standard IAA submission deadline is Tuesday 2nd November at 10am. Please note that the following extra criteria apply to this call (in addition to our standard guidelines):

  • This is a short-turn around call. Projects are expected to commence promptly once awarded (i.e. before the end of 2021), and must be complete by 31st March 2022.
  • IAA Funds available via this call are very limited. We may only fund one larger project or 2 or 3 smaller scale projects. Please take this in consideration when making your application.
  • Please consider carefully the resources that you include in your project budget for applications to this call. Ideally the resources requested should be non-staff items such as consumables, travel and equipment. If you wish to appoint a person to undertake some of the work, you should ideally have someone in mind and check that they will be available within the stated timeframe AND you will need to ensure that comply with University recruitment policies. There is unlikely to be the time available to undertake the full recruitment process for projects funded by this call.
  • Research Associates, Research Fellows as well as all other staff are welcome to apply to this call.

Applications should be submitted no later than 10am on the deadline day and should be submitted by email to Keith Dingwall.


10th Sept 2021 - Forthcoming Events delivered by the IAA:

  • Working with the Net Zero Technology Centre - November 16th, from 1100-1200

See Forthcoming Events for details.


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