Funding from UKRI for eligible organisations to enhance the impact of their research.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched a fund for eligible organisations to enhance the impact of their research. The awards will enable recipients to add value to existing funding and take advantage of new or unforeseen opportunities to help them achieve impact.

This funding opportunity combines these impact acceleration account (IAA) programmes:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) IAA
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) IAA
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) IAA
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Confidence in Concept.
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) IAA

Applications made to this fund are made on behalf of the applicant’s entire organisation. Individual organisations will decide where to invest the funding, and may use the funds creatively for a wide range of impact activities.

The fund will cover promising projects irrespective of how the original research was funded. Applications must demonstrate the value of the funding to the entire organisation’s strategy and maximise opportunities to bring together approaches.

Organisations must be eligible for UKRI funding generally. In addition, they must also be eligible for funding from the relevant council.

Those applying for funding from the EPSRC must first have been invited to do so.

Current ESRC IAA award holders do not need to apply as their funding ends in March 2023.

The MRC will continue to fund applications from consortia.

A range of different award sizes are available by council:

  • AHRC: £150,000 per year
  • BBSRC: indicative £100,000 per year
  • EPSRC: specific allocations to eligible institutions, as detailed in invite letter
  • STFC: £50,000 per year
  • MRC: £130,000 to £800,000 per year

Some councils may propose funding uplifts to the amounts applied for where applicants demonstrate particular strengths and where budgets allow.

Funding will be available for three years. Funding will start in April 2022 and be available for three years.

Applications should be submitted by the 6 October 2021 deadline.

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