Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: UKRI impact acceleration accounts

UKRI impact acceleration accounts (IAAs) are strategic awards providing funding to research organisations to use creatively for a wide range of impact activities.

Budget:
The latest round brings together awards from five councils for a total budget over £117 million over three years.
Duration:
The current tranche runs from 2022 to 2025.
Partners involved:
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Medical Research Council (MRC) Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The scope and what we're doing

UKRI impact acceleration accounts (IAAs) are strategic awards for research organisations to respond to impact opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways.

The research organisation is responsible for managing the UKRI IAAs to design and deliver activities that best suit their institutional strategies and opportunities.

The awards are intended to add value to existing funding and take advantage of new or unforeseen opportunities for creating impact.

Why we're doing it

Impact acceleration account funding is used to:

  • strengthen engagement with users (non-academic partners) in order to accelerate the translation of research outputs into impacts
  • support, develop and foster strategic partnerships for knowledge exchange and impact, including across disciplines and sectors
  • build and maintain an environment and culture that enables effective and ambitious knowledge exchange and impact, including development of skills, capacity and capability within research organisations
  • provide early-stage support for progressing research outputs towards the next stages in the impact pipeline, for example:
    • proof of concept projects
    • commercialisation
    • market validation
    • activities targeting policy, business and the third sectors
  • drive continuous improvement in impact by supporting innovation, enabling ‘fast failure’ and capturing learning through appropriate mechanisms
  • enable flexible and adaptive approaches to knowledge exchange and impact, including the ability to respond quickly to emerging opportunities.

See further information on permitted activities and costs (PDF, 121KB).

Opportunities, support and resources available

Beginning with the awards starting in April 2022, UKRI has brought together impact acceleration account (IAA) funding from five research councils, with a harmonised application process:

  • AHRC
  • BBSRC
  • EPSRC
  • MRC
  • STFC.

The following is a list of institutions that have received UKRI IAA funding for the current tranche, between April 2022 to 2025. If you think UKRI IAA funding is right for your project, you should contact a grant-holding institution directly:

  • Aberystwyth University: BBSRC
  • Aston University: BBSRC and EPSRC
  • Bath Spa University: AHRC
  • Brunel University: EPSRC
  • Cardiff University: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • Cranfield University: EPSRC
  • Durham University: EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • Heriot-Watt University: EPSRC
  • Imperial College London: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • Institute of Cancer Research: MRC
  • King’s College London: AHRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • Lancaster University: AHRC and EPSRC
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: MRC
  • London Institute of Medical Sciences: MRC
  • Loughborough University: EPSRC
  • Museum of London Archaeology: AHRC
  • Newcastle University: EPSRC and MRC
  • Queen Mary, University of London: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • Queen’s University Belfast: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • Rothamsted Research: BBSRC
  • Royal College of Art: AHRC
  • Swansea University: AHRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • Teesside University: AHRC
  • The Francis Crick Institute: MRC
  • The Pirbright Institute: BBSRC
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: AHRC
  • The University of Manchester: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • UK Dementia Research Institute: MRC
  • Ulster University: AHRC
  • University College London: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • University for the Creative Arts: AHRC
  • University of Bath: EPSRC
  • University of Birmingham: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Brighton: AHRC
  • University of Bristol: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • University of Cambridge: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Dundee: MRC
  • University of East Anglia: AHRC and MRC
  • University of Edinburgh: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Essex: BBSRC
  • University of Exeter: AHRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Glasgow: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • University of Hertfordshire: AHRC
  • University of Huddersfield: AHRC and EPSRC
  • University of Hull: AHRC and MRC
  • University of Kent: AHRC, BBSRC and MRC
  • University of Leeds: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Leicester: BBSRC and MRC
  • University of Liverpool: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Nottingham: AHRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Oxford: BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • University of Plymouth: AHRC and EPSRC
  • University of Portsmouth: STFC
  • University of Reading: AHRC
  • University of Sheffield: EPSRC, MRC and STFC
  • University of Southampton: AHRC, EPSRC and STFC
  • University of St. Andrews: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Strathclyde: EPSRC
  • University of Sunderland: MRC
  • University of Surrey: EPSRC and MRC
  • University of Sussex: AHRC
  • University of the West of England, Bristol: AHRC
  • University of Warwick: EPSRC and MRC
  • University of York: BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC.

See also the ESRC IAA.

Who to contact

If you’re interested in obtaining funding from a UKRI impact acceleration account (IAA), you should do so through a grant holding institution.

Likewise, if you are a partner interested in accessing and developing opportunities through the UKRI IAAs, you should approach these organisations directly.

UKRI IAA harmonisation team

Email: iaas@ukri.org

Last updated: 15 August 2022

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