The next deadline may be in MT2017 but the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account block grant has not yet been confirmed.


The Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team have announced the latest funding call for the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) which provides flexible support for knowledge exchange for ESRC-remit social scientists across the University.

The funding aims to provide support for new knowledge exchange activity or to provide follow-on support for pre-existing knowledge exchange activities. Applications building on previous activity must clearly demonstrate that the potential exists for ‘timely’ impact generation for which funding has not already been allocated. Proposals must focus on clearly defined knowledge exchange activities (A.6) and outcomes rather than on research outcomes (although depending on the context these may still be acceptable alongside knowledge exchange outcomes).

Proposed partnerships should clearly extend beyond the academy. The funding will support new collaborative partnerships and/or the further development of pre-existing collaborations with non-academic partners.

Scheme: Impact Awards

Deadline: 5pm 10 February 2017

Amount: Up to £40K

Eligibility: Oxford academics in any Department/Faculty carrying out social science research (fundable under the ESRC’s remit) which fully engages non-academic external partners. 

How to apply

For more details please see the guidance documents and application form. You can also download these documents from:

Please note the application will need to include costings from both sides where regional partners are involved and will need approval from both Heads of Departments.

Proposal drop-in clinic

The IAA team are going to hold an informal session on 12th January, from 12pm-2pm at Hayes House Room A+B  where they will give insights into what makes a competitive application, and discuss your proposal queries with you. Please drop email  if you are planning on attending.

Exemplar proposals

We have updated our database of exemplary previously successful applications on the Sharepoint site.  We also have summaries of our funded projects on our website.


Funder Deadline10th February 2017
Research Services Deadlinen/a
Law Faculty Deadline for first draft review3rd February 2017
Law Faculty Deadline for initial expression of interest28th January 2017