The Science and Technology Facilities Research Council (STFC) has awarded the University of Glasgow an annual Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 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 STFC IAA provides funding to build on previous STFC-funded research. Examples of eligible activities include: prototyping, collaborative development, enterprise/industry secondments, and travel to meet with collaborators or attend industry events.

If you would like to apply for STFC IAA funds please contact Keith Dingwall to discuss your project idea before submitting a proposal.

Download the STFC IAA Standard Application Form

Download the STFC IAA Fast Track Application Form for projects £3,000 or less.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are only permitted for projects focused on the exploitation of knowledge or technology generated through STFC-funded research. The scheme will not fund new research projects. Previous, relevant STFC-funded projects must be cited, providing title and grant reference number, along with a short overview of the work. Links to the proposed IAA project must be clearly described. The PI for an IAA application does not need to be the PI or collaborator on the prior linked STFC project. PhD projects supported by STFC-sponsored DTC’s and CDT’s are also eligible as underpinning research.

Typically, eligible partners are UK-based companies (or UK sites of international businesses), charities, and third sector organisations. If your project is with a non-UK organisation, then please discuss eligibility with the IAA Manager prior to writing a full proposal.

Proposals must:

  • describe the area of knowledge or technology to be developed;
  • briefly outline the research base on which it builds;
  • describe the current stage of development and how it will be moved forward by the proposed IAA project;
  • provide details on the opportunity that will be addressed by this project, backed up by evidence of demand from the market and / or stakeholders and any other impact drivers
  • outline the current barriers to exploitation/application;
  • provide details of anticipated project outcomes and impacts, including how they will be achieved, within what timescales, what mechanisms might be adopted to realise them, and how they will be measured;
  • address projects risks and outline mitigation strategies;
  • demonstrate that an appropriate IP strategy is being adopted.

Public engagement activities are not eligible for STFC IAA funding.

Proposals which obviously do not address these criteria will be deemed ineligible and be rejected without going to the review panel. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your proposal with the STFC IAA Manager Keith Dingwall prior to submitting a proposal.

Application Deadlines

Impact Acceleration Account – Proposal Submission deadlines

The next submission deadline for standard IAA project applications is Tuesday 14th January 2020.

We will aim to notify outcomes within 3 weeks of the deadline.

Applications should be submitted no later than 10am on the deadline day.


Please note that Fast Track proposals can be submitted at any time.


Funding Arrangements

It is preferable that collaborative partners will contribute cash to the project, although “tangible” material contributions from industrial collaborators may also be considered. Acceptable equivalent value partner in-kind contributions could be in the form of specific staff time undertaking part of the project, access to equipment, provision of materials, consumables, or other items.

Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge

Ownership and usage of new IPR developed in the project will be negotiated. A signed Collaboration Agreement will need to be in place prior to the project starting.

Costing and Eligible Costs

STFC IAA grants for standard projects are expected to be in the region of £5,000 to £20,000, depending on the stage of the project. Fast track projects can be up to £3,000 in value. While the funding will not include FEC, it is designed to be flexible and to cover items such as University staff to undertake the project, consumables, required small capital equipment items (less than £10K), access to specialist facilities and sub-contract expertise, and travel. Please note, however, that PI costs will not typically be covered. Speak to Kevin Kininmonth or Keith Dingwall for advice on preparing your IAA project costing.

Assessment of Applications

Project applications will be assessed by the IAA Review Panel. Applicants should remember to write their proposal for a non-specialist audience. Application assessments will take into account:

  • The link to the STFC-funded research base to be exploited, its quality, and the potential scope for impact (i.e. new products, jobs, cost savings, increased profits, new policies, improved healthcare, etc.)
  • A clear explanation of how funding will be used to achieve impact from research output
  • Strength of involvement of external partners
  • Quality of the business case, including evidence of demand from companies or end-users; a clear definition of the requirement; a plan of activities and outcomes; understanding of potential follow-on activities; and, a clear definition of services to be offered or technology to be created
  • Potential for securing or leveraging additional funding. A particular priority for the STFC IAA is projects that are designed to deliver outputs that will form the basis for Innovate UK or STFC Innovation Partnership Scheme or Follow-on Fund applications.
  • Value for Money

Key outputs, outcomes and impacts

This table provides examples of the types of outputs, outcomes and impacts on which the success of the Impact Acceleration Account will be assessed. Please consider these when completing your IAA application form.

Outputs, outcomes & impact table


Project Monitoring

As the success of an IAA project will be based on the quality of the impact of the activities funded, the IAA Project Manager will work closely with all projects to ensure objectives are achieved, monitoring progress against pre-defined milestones. Upon completion, a Final Report, agreed and signed by all partners, will be required. In addition, case studies, focusing on the outcomes and benefits of the work undertaken, shall be developed.

Application Submission

You are advised to contact the STFC IAA Manager or a KE Associate for advice and guidance prior to submitting your application. Electronic submissions are acceptable for proposal review purposes. Completed applications should be submitted to Keith Dingwall.

Download the STFC IAA Standard Application FormEPSRC IAA 2017-20 Standard Application Form

Download the STFC IAA Fast Track Application Form for projects £3,000 or less.