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Impact Acceleration Accounts

Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) provide UK research organisations (ROs) that have a strong base of social sciences research with funding to support impact. This funding allows ROs to work with partners from all sectors to apply social sciences knowledge to challenges in society.

There are 26 UK organisations with ESRC IAAs. Each offers opportunities for researcher-led collaboration with non-academic partners from any sector, and of any size. These partners range from multinational corporations to community groups. Collaborations can be formal partnerships or informal knowledge exchange.

Many IAAs provide opportunities for partners and collaborators to help build links with researchers and ROs through projects and training.

Individual IAA projects range in scale from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds each.

Research organisations with ESRC IAAs

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • King’s College London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Manchester
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York.

Last updated: 12 January 2022

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