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Impact Acceleration Accounts

Impact Acceleration Accounts

King’s has been awarded Impact Acceleration funding from BBSRC, EPSRC and ESRC. These awards are a mechanism for sponsoring knowledge exchange and impact outside of Pathways to Impact. The awards help our researchers to enhance the impact of their research by:

  • Strengthening user engagement
  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture and capability development, including through the development of skills for knowledge exchange 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 knowledge exchange 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

The awards are managed internally and funds are allocated through internal competitive processes


King's Impact Acceleration Accounts

BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (Sparking Impact)

King’s received a £100,000 Sparking Impact grant from the BBSRC in 2013 to enable researchers in the biosciences to achieve greater impact from their research. Following the success of this pilot and the subsequent BBSRC Activating Impact Award in 2014 King's was awarded a BBSRC Impact Acceleration Award in June 2015 of £100,000 which will be allocated through internal competition for Open innovation grants, research enabler grants, proof of concept, knowledge transfer secondments and market intelligence awards.

Some of the outcomes from the Sparking Impact grant can be seen here.

To find out more please contact Anna Thornton

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

King’s College London has been awarded more than £1.1M as part of an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This new 3 year award will provide the support for researchers to transfer ideas and technologies developed from previous EPSRC-funded grants out into society.

The funding will be used to support prototype development, skills enhancement and training, placements and knowledge exchange, and to strengthen links with businesses and end users.

Two funding schemes are available to King’s staff. For information on how to apply, please see the internal pages.

If you would like to find out more about the EPSRC IAA or would like to get involved, please see the details here or contact the IAA Manager


ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The Policy Institute at King’s was awarded £220,000 in 2014 and is currently running three inter-related activities with this funding: Policy Idol, a policy pitching competition that provides students and staff with communications and policy analysis training; King’s Policy Commissions through which we conduct agenda-setting policy research; and a Policy Institute Research Fellowship Scheme. Under the Researcher-in-Residence scheme, the Institute seeks to support King’s academic and research staff who wish to conduct research in an external organisation. The scheme is focused on research ideas that are both policy-relevant and likely to have an impact beyond academia.

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