University of York Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (2014-2019)

The University of York has been awarded a five year ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), designed support a programme of activities with public, private and third sector organisations - regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Through ongoing engagement with external partners the York ESRC IAA continues to support a range of impact generating projects within the social sciences, which are of demonstrable benefit to both society and the economy.

The University of York has now been awarded a top-up fund for the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account, entitled ‘Business Boost Fund’.

Our aims

  • To promote knowledge exchange - lowering the barriers between academia, and potential users of research
  • To work with stakeholders - strengthening the depth and the breadth our external relationships, and co-producing research outcomes, where appropriate
  • To build new relationships - equipping our academics with the tools required to engage with a broad range of potential audiences

Funding schemes

The York ESRC IAA currently offers three funding routes:

  • General Call - funding projects and initiatives in all areas of social science impact and knowledge exchange.
  • Fellowship and Secondment Scheme - facilitating bi-directional secondment activities, between external organisations and the University of York
  • Responsive Mode - supporting small-scale knowledge exchange activities (up to £1,500) designed to influence national debate, or generate targeted responses to key events


The next deadline for the General Call and Fellowship/Secondment Scheme is 21 November 2017. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Social Sciences Research Impact Manager ahead of any potential application.

What is research impact?

The York Research Impact Statement describes research impact as "...when the knowledge generated by our research contributes to, benefits and influences society, culture, our environment and the economy".

We advise potential applicants for York ESRC IAA funding to look at the University's research impact pages as well as the ESRC Impact Toolkit. These will help you identify, plan and evaluate impact and identify additional sources of support. Throughout the year we also coordinate a number of workshops and training sessions. These will be advertised locally.

Contact Us



York ESRC IAA: General Call & Fellowship/Secondment Scheme

Thursday 31 August 2017

Call now open. Apply for funding by 5pm, Tuesday 21 November 2017

York ESRC IAA Newsletter 14

Thursday 10 March 2016

The latest news from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account team

York ESRC IAA Newsletter 12

Friday 29 January 2016

The latest news from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account team

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