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ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

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Following the submission of a compelling business plan our university was awarded £680,000 in July 2014 by the ESRC to deliver impact-focussed schemes over a period of 4 years. ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA) have only been awarded to research organisations with an impressive track record in delivering research in the social sciences. The IAA will allow us to react to knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways.

The Essex Impact Acceleration Account

Our schemes, devised in close consultation with our academics, will enable us to realise the impact of our research more rapidly and in a manner that is commensurate with our institutional context and ambitions. Each scheme is designed to support direct and purposeful activity with current research users and new engagement with potential research users .

“I encourage academic staff across all three of our faculties to make use of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. The IAA offers excellent opportunities to develop a range of knowledge exchange activities and provides training in generating impact across a range of sectors.”
Professor Heather Laurie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

A guide to the Essex IAA can be downloaded here (Adobe PDF File - 439kb). The fund is not restricted to staff within the Faculty of Social Sciences, but is open to anyone working in an area within the remit of the ESRC. Our IAA will be delivered in four key schemes:

The deadline for applications to the Impact Fund and Secondment Fund has now passed. Details for Round 9 will be confirmed shortly.

Active Engagement Scheme

Up to £2000 to fund industry engagement events, in various formats, to assist in the creation of new partnerships and promotion of research to new networks and sectors.

  • November 2014

    Guidance notes

    Adobe PDF File
    (103kb)

    Guidance notes for the Active Engagement Scheme.

  • November 2014

    Application form

    Microsoft Word Document
    (81kb)

    Application form for the Active Engagement Scheme.

Knowledge Exchange Secondment Fund

Funding to assist in the creation of productive partnerships between academics and representatives from other organisations by enabling direct and purposeful dialogue in situ, in the form of inward or outward secondments.

  • October 2016

    Guidance notes

    Adobe PDF File
    (286kb)

    Guidance notes for the Knowledge Exchange Secondment Fund.

  • October 2016

    Application form

    Microsoft Word Document
    (84kb)

    Application form for the Knowledge Exchange Secondment Fund.

The Impact Fund

To ensure that we foster and capture the widest range of impact opportunities and follow-on activities generated by our academics and by users of our research, up £15,000 will be available to projects designed by academics who wish to create new, productive collaborations with external organisations built on their research outputs .

  • October 2016

    Guidance notes

    Adobe PDF File
    (227kb)

    Guidance notes for the Impact Fund.

  • October 2016

    Application form

    Microsoft Word Document
    (83kb)

    Application form for the Impact Fund.

Find out more

Contact your Research Impact Officer or Knowledge Exchange Manager for more information on our IAA schemes and advice on how to apply.

  • Faculty of Humanities


    Dr Matt Bennett

    Research Impact Officer (Humanities)

    Room 2.601, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 874544

    Email mbenneb@essex.ac.uk





    Ville Karhusaari

    Ville Karhusaari

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874559

    Email vmkarh@essex.ac.uk





    Kai Yin Low

    Kai Yin Low

    Research Development Manager

    Telephone 01206 873764

    Email kylow@essex.ac.uk



  • Faculty of Science and Health


    Dr Matthew Wells

    Research Impact Officer (Science and Health)

    Room 5A.121 University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

    Telephone 01206 873520

    Email mwells@essex.ac.uk



    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Dr Kirstie Cochrane

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874042

    Email kscoch@essex.ac.uk





    Anshu Bansal

    Anshu Bansal

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 872914

    Email abansal@essex.ac.uk





    Dr Beate Reinhardt

    Dr Beate Reinhardt

    Research Development Manager

    Telephone 01206 874110

    Email breinh@essex.ac.uk





  • Faculty of Social Sciences


    Nikki Pockett

    Research Impact Officer (Social Sciences)

    Telephone 01206 873253

    Email npockett@essex.ac.uk




    Dr Dorian Hayes

    Dr Dorian Hayes

    Knowledge Exchange Manager

    Telephone 01206 874976

    Email dphayes@essex.ac.uk





    Dr Gary Williams

    Dr Gary Williams

    Research Development Manager

    Telephone 01206 874070

    Email gcwill@essex.ac.uk