Research and knowledge exchange

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account provides funding to Sussex researchers for social science impact activities.

What is the ESRC IAA?

The Impact Acceleration Account has been awarded to the University by the ESRC to support the development of social sciences impact and knowledge exchange activities. The fund (2014-2018) is to support the acceleration of impact of social science research amongst non-academic audiences, though the research does not have to be funded through the ESRC.

The IAA funding can be used flexibly and rapidly to support the following key areas:

  • Improve engagement with the public sector, civil society, industry (including SMEs and local business) and publics.

IAA- Frequently asked questions [PDF 50.48KB]

What is the University trying to achieve through the ESRC IAA?

The university intends to use the IAA funds to promote knowledge exchange related activities, to build and sustain partnerships with research users and to build capacity by reinforcing related skills sets and capabilities.

We plan to maximise the impact of social sciences work at Sussex through:

  • A managed programme of capacity-building activities designed to embed impact activity within social science research work and help develop partnerships. This includes a series of introductory events on a wide range of key impact topics as well as more in-depth workshops on building relationships with specific types of stakeholders, and an annual impact forum.
  • A flexible open programme offering secondments and placements, and demand-led projects, to accelerate the impact of social science research

 ESRC IAA funding streams


Funds of up to £20,000 (or £40,000 if cross departmental)

Supports social science impact activities that develop and sustain strong partnerships with external partners in the private, third and public sectors

Reviewed by the ESRC IAA Steering Group

Funds of £3,000 - £6,000

Quick turn-around funds to drive forward early stage impact and engagement activities 

Decisions usually made within 1 month of submission

Funds of up to £3,000

Quick turn-around short term funds to generate additional impact from research

Decisions usually made within 10 days of submission

ESRC IAA resources

ESRC IAA enquiries

For enquiries regarding applications to the ESRC IAA funding streams please contact Megan McMichael, ESRC IAA Project Manager.

Megan McMichael, ESRC IAA Project Manager (Tues, Thurs, & Fri)


T: 01273 678178 x8178


For enquiries regarding developing partnerships for social science impact (either from academics, or from other organisations seeking to develop partnerships with the University of Sussex on social science topics) please contact Nora Davies, ESRC IAA External Partnerships Project Manager:

Nora Davies, ESRC IAA External Parternships Project Manager (Mon & Wed)


T: 01273 678178 x8178