EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

University of York funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for acceleration of research impact (award 2017-2020)

The University of York has been awarded a three year EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) designed to support our ongoing programme of engagement with external partners on impact-generating projects within engineering and physical sciences.

Our aims:

  • to increase the successful commercialisation of EPSRC-funded research through collaborative programmes, increased identification and translation of research meeting industry needs, and effective leverage of intellectual property arising from research;
  • to increase the degree of business engagement of EPSRC-relevant academic departments, and particularly the capacity of early career researchers to engage with industry.

Funding schemes

The York EPSRC IAA offers funding for a variety of activities:

  • Researcher mobility - funding for business-led projects to provide researchers (especially Early Career Researchers) with experience of working in industry.
  • Development of strategic partnerships with business through workshops and events, short-term exchange of staff and funding for small projects.
  • Impact workshops and sandpits aiming to enable challenge-led projects, in collaboration with business.
  • Proof of concept awards to support development of IP commercialisation: supporting the initial concepts for EPSRC-related intellectual property through to commercial viability.
  • Maximising translational groups, centres & facilities - to enable the ongoing delivery of challenge led projects with industry partners and to grow capacity to embed this activity within the group, centre or facility.
  • Innovation Vouchers - to promote the delivery of small business-focused projects to demonstrate the value of University expertise in solving business problems.

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Current calls

Researcher Mobility - closes 30 September 2019

Strategic Partnerships - closes 30 September 2019

Proof of Concept - closes 30 September 2019

Translational Centres - closed

Impact workshops - closes 30 June 2019