STFC Impact Acceleration Account - Pilot

STFC is launching a pilot call for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which has been developed to provide flexible funding directly to the research organisation’s Knowledge Exchange (KE) / Technology Transfer (TT) Office (or equivalent) to support STFC-funded academics to take their ideas towards commercialisation, through activities not currently supported by an STFC funding programme. The programme will provide funds of £50,000 to organisations following assessment of applications.

Key Facts

STFC Impact Acceleration Account can be used to:

  • Support the commercialisation of STFC-funded research outputs, e.g. hold an internal competition for funding small proof of concept studies
  • Supporting the training of STFC-funded academics in knowledge exchange and commercialisation, e.g. hold internal business plan competitions or workshops
  • Support the assessment for commercial potential of STFC-funded research outputs, e.g. carry out market surveys for new technologies
  • Support the engagement of STFC-funded academics with relevant users of their research, e.g. hold showcase events to introduce businesses to applied research in STFC-funded academic groups or develop project proposals for STFC innovation funding

To receive funding, KE / TT offices from eligible Research Organisations are required to submit an application that details how the applicants will manage the funding to support knowledge exchange and / or commercialisation activities to support the outputs from STFC-funded research and capabilities toward Impact.

Please refer to the Guidance Notes for further information and to see if your research organisation is eligible.


Eligible organisations are encouraged to contact Ling Xu for more information on this programme.

Last updated: 30 January 2018


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