King’s has two active Impact Acceleration funding from EPSRC and ESRC. 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
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.
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.