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Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs)

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The next call for IAAs has now opened at UKRI level, please see the Funding finder for more information at: Improve and accelerate the impact of your organisation’s research (UKRI).



BBSRC has awarded 14 Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) worth £4.5 million commencing April 2018.

IAAs introduce agility and flexibility for Research Organisations (ROs) who are empowered to take strategic-level decisions about how best to invest IAA funding within their specific context. This includes the opportunity to build upon, across and between individual projects to progress research outputs and outcomes towards impact.


Funds have been awarded via a competitive process, where research organisations that have substantial levels of BSBRC investment were invited to apply.

Key areas

Research Councils using the IAA mechanism have agreed to the following common IAA objectives:

  • Strengthening user engagement
  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture and capability development, including through the development of skills for KE activity
  • Supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation at early stages of progressing research outputs and outcomes to the point when they would be supported by other funding
  • Supporting new, innovative and imaginative approaches to KE and Impact, including processes that enable “fast failure” and appropriate learning
  • Supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, including secondments and people exchange.

BBSRC encourages the development of creative and innovative approaches to accelerating impact.

Current awards

The following 14 organisations have been successful in attaining a three-year IAA award commencing 1 April 2018. Partners interested in accessing and developing opportunities available through IAAs should approach the organisations listed below directly.

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • The University of Edinburgh & The Roslin Institute
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Liverpool
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • The Pirbright Institute
  • Quadram Institute
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of Warwick
  • University of York