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


Business Boost Business Boost

Business Boost

UEA has been awarded a top-up fund for the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account, entitled ‘Business Boost’.

Business Boost is a partnership project between the universities of East Anglia, Essex and Sussex, which aims to extend opportunities for interaction between PhD students located across the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) and the business sector.

The project runs until March 2019 and will comprise a series of workshops and online training sessions designed to help PhD students to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • Engage and create links with business
  • Plan successful collaborations
  • Improve communication of your research to business
  • Understand how to respond the needs of industry and business. 

Students will also have access to individual business mentors


How to access the project

An outline of upcoming activities is below. These will be promoted on the Social Sciences Graduate School PGR training page and via UEA news bulletins and social media.

All workshops and online training will also be advertised and available to book via


Outline of upcoming activities

  • Two introductory Innovation and Impact workshops

Workshop 1 (26 October 2018) – An introduction to working with business and translating your research to meet business needs.

Workshop 2 (November/December 2018 TBA) - How to engage with business and ensure your research has impact.

  • Online Training (November 2018 – February 2019 TBA)
  • Business Boost Conference (February 2019 TBA)

A two-day conference around the themes of Growth and Independent Living. Looking at how researchers and businesses can work together to optimise their impact in these fields. This conference will include workshops, lectures and opportunities for PhD researchers to link-up with businesses.


Who to contact about the project

Andrea Finegan, from the Norwich Business School at UEA, is the UEA’s Academic Lead for the Business Boost project and Maddie Copley is the UEA’s Project Administrator. 

If you would like to find out more about the project or would like to receive email-alerts with details of upcoming events, please contact Maddie Copley