Funding for impact

Impact is a core consideration throughout the grant application process and showing where relevant how applicants will maximise the impact of the proposed research should therefore be intrinsic to the proposal itself in a way that is appropriate to the nature and scope of the research being proposed.

You can request specific resources for impact related activities in your proposal, if appropriate. Eligible costs include:

  • employment of specialist knowledge transfer staff
  • consultancy fees, publication and marketing costs
  • public engagement activity
  • engagement events
  • networking activities
  • people exchange.

Impact Acceleration Accounts

Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA) are strategic awards provided to institutions to support knowledge exchange (KE) and impact from their EPSRC funded research. IAAs allow Research Organisations to respond to opportunities in flexible, responsive and creative ways, aligned to their institutional strategies and opportunities.

Researchers in Residence

The EPSRC funded Innovation Launchpad Network+ plays a key role in enriching the exchange of ideas and knowledge by bringing together cross functional teams from academia and the Catapults.

A key mechanism to achieve the network’s goals is through the delivery of Researchers in Residence (RiR) awards. These RiR awards are designed to enable academic researchers to work with the Catapults, undertaking a project or activity in an area of strategic importance to collaboratively grow the maturity of new technologies, tools and techniques. Successful applicants will be awarded up to £50,000 to cover a maximum of six months of your university salary costs, travel and accommodation during the placement.

Innovation and Knowledge Centres

Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKCs) are a key component of the UK’s approach to the commercialisation of emerging technologies through creating early stage critical mass in an area of disruptive technology. They are able to achieve this through their international quality research capability and access to companion technologies needed to commercialise research.

Based in a university they are led by an expert entrepreneurial team. While continuing to advance the research agenda, they create impact by enhancing wealth generation of the businesses with which they work.

Active IKCs

Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) – Queen’s University Belfast

Visit the Centre for Secure Information Technologies website.

Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) – Swansea University

Visit the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings website.

Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) – University of Cambridge

Visit the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction website.

Synthetic Biology Innovation and Commercialisation Industrial translation Engine (SynbiCITE) – Imperial College London

Visit the SynbiCITE website.

Last updated: 25 April 2023

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