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.

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, including our current highlighted schemes:
  • Research Commercialisation – supporting co-production and economic impact alongside the private sector
  • Internationalisation – developing pathways to impact, intercultural communication, and partnership building within an international context
  • 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

Throughout the year we also coordinate a number of workshops and training sessions. These will be advertised locally.

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.

Contact Us



York ESRC IAA: General Call and Fellowship/Secondment Scheme

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Call now open. Apply for funding by 5pm, Wednesday 17 May 2017

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.

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