University of York Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account

The University of York has been awarded an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA) which will support a four-year programme of activities with external partners.

The York ESRC IAA will enable our social science research to have impacts which will benefit on society and the economy, through engaging and working with our partners and external organisations.

Our Aims

  • Knowledge exchange. Ensure and accelerate the impact and knowledge exchange of social science research on the economy and society.
  • Stakeholders. Strengthen the depth and the breadth of relationships with the users and stakeholders of our research and ensure that they are put at the heart of everything we do.
  • Relationships. Enable academics to engage with a broad range of users and stakeholders, to create impactful, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.

Enabling Impact

We will achieve these aims through three primary funding calls:

  • Responsive Mode Scheme: Supporting small-scale knowledge exchange activities (up to £1.5k) in a short timescale in order to influence national debate or governmental responses to key events.
  • General Call for Funding (two deadlines a year): Supporting larger projects and initiatives in all areas of impact and knowledge exchange activity in the social science arena, including our highlighted schemes:
  • The York Laboratory – encouraging impact locally and regionally.
  • Co-production – engaging stakeholders and users with projects from the start, working towards a solution to a known problem.

We will also coordinate a series of workshop and training sessions focusing on policy and showcasing York research to Whitehall and other potential external partners, and we will enhance the current training provision in impact at the University.

What is Research Impact?

Research impact is, in general, the effect research has beyond academia. 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 ESRC IAA funding to look at the University's Research Impact pages. These can help you identify, plan and evaluate impact and identify additional sources of support.

Contact Us



ESRC IAA: General Call for Funding Now Open

Friday 4 November 2016

Apply for funding by 12noon, Wednesday 14 December 2016

Global Challenges Research Funding Call

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Deadline for applications 12 noon 6 September 2016.

ESRC IAA: Call for Fellowship and Secondment Scheme Now Open

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Apply for funding by 4pm, 26 August 2016

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