ESRC Impact Accelerator Account ESRC Impact Accelerator Account

The first phase of the UEA ESRC Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) has come to an end. From its launch in February 2015 through to 31 March 2018 our account  funded a wide range of projects across all four faculties, seeking to catalyse knowledge exchange and impact acceleration from completed research by UEA academics. In those three years our activity was divided into two separate areas:

Strategic themes

  • Influencing and assessing policy
  • Big data and societal change
  • Marine environment
  • Cultural tourism
  • Growth, including degree apprenticeships

Rapid response funding

  • Small allocations to provide pump-priming for outreach and events throughout the university

Internal decision making came from our IAA Delivery Board, with representatives from all four faculties and chaired by Prof Jacqueline Collier, Pro-Vice Chancellor Faculty of Social Sciences. Our External Advisory Board, chaired by Brian Horner (Former CEO Voluntary Norfolk) played a crucial role as our “critical friend”


We have now entered a bridging year for the IAA,  from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. A new expanded Delivery Board, with External members joining the Faculty representatives, will be the decision-making body. These will be supported by a wider external Reference Group. Our allocation for this bridging year will again be split between:

Revised strategic themes, each with £30,000 funding

  • Big data
  • Growth
  • Cultural tourism
  • Transforming social care

Rapid response funding, with a total fund of £100,000 and a maximum grant of £10,000.

The opening date for applications to either strand will be 1 April 2018

ESRC IAA funds are not limited to projects funded by ESRC and all are welcome to apply by completing and submitting the application form. For further information, please contact Richard Clarke, Relationship Manager and Sue Coleman, Relationship Administrator