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Impact Acceleration Accounts

A number of Research Councils contribute to our Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs), which provide flexible funding options to support knowledge exchange and accelerate the impact of our research outcomes.

IAAs support the following key areas:

  • Building relationships and networks with potential users of research to facilitate co-production of knowledge and maximise impact
  • Movement and secondment of people between Research Organisations and user stakeholders
  • Support for researchers to build networks with potential users of the products of their research, and further work to establish ‘proof of concept’ for their innovations
  • Drive culture change in Research Organisations to promote knowledge exchange and improve related skill sets and capabilities
  • Improve engagement with the public sector, civil society, industry (including SMEs, local business and the Technology Strategy Board) and publics.

The Economic and Social Research Council are helping to bridge the gap between the findings of social science research projects and their take-up by policy makers, organisations and other end users to benefit society and the economy.

We have been allocated funds to accelerate the impact of our research through partnerships with public, private and third sector organisations


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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council IAA helps to bridge the gap between our research and its take-up by industry and other end users, impacting society and the economy.

This IAA funds activities across three broad areas: early stage feasibility/proof of concept work, secondments, and awareness raising/engagement activities aimed at enhancing knowledge transfer and impact.


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The main focus of the Science and Technology Facilities Council IAA funding is to support Proof of Concept work, engagement with business as well as accelerating research outputs towards end-user uptake, by assessing commercial potential.

STFC Impact Acceleration Account

The STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) helps STFC-funded projects towards commercialisation and impact on society and the economy.

This IAA funds activities across three areas:

  • supporting proof of concept work
  • helping understand your market needs and identifying commercial potential
  • increasing engagement with users of your research

We currently have a call open to fund applications for these projects. We also welcome applications relating to the COVID-19 pandemic providing they are within the remit of the STFC.

The deadline for submission is midday, Friday the 28 May 2021. To be eligible to apply, your research must have previously received funding from STFC.

For guidance on the call, application forms or if you have any queries, please contact


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Confidence in Concept

The Confidence in Concept (CIC) scheme helps to develop collaborative medical discovery research into an innovative translational research project that fulfills unmet clinical needs. It is particularly focused on bio-medical technologies.

The scheme supports:

  • generating preliminary data or feasibility studies to establish project’s viability
  • developing interactions between academia and industry
  • people exchange to deliver specific project objectives.

Specifically aimed at encouraging co-operation between universities, the NHS and industry, all projects should address a clear unmet clinical need and be focused on clinical utility and/or commercial viability.

Proximity to Discovery

The Proximity to Discovery (P2D) scheme helps to build initial relationships in innovative ways to fulfil unmet clinical needs.

The scheme supports:

  • short term people exchange at the very early stages of a collaboration to exchange skills and knowledge
  • projects that enhance understanding between industry and academia
  • creative ways to encourage new collaborations between industry and academia
  • showcases and workshops to help develop relationships

The scheme is specifically aimed at encouraging idea and people exchange between universities, the NHS and industry.


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