Key dates 2022

5 May - Call released

7 June - Deadline for proposals

28 June - Panel comments shared for rebuttal (Sustainability panel only)

4 July - Panel comments shared for rebuttal (all other panels)

5 July - Deadline for rebuttal responses (Sustainability)

11 July - Deadline for rebuttal responses (all other panels)

end July - Panels meet and final decisions made

Aug - Decisions communicated to applicants

mid-Sept - Projects start

Overview

We are pleased to announce the first call for proposals to Imperial's UKRI Impact Acceleration Account. Applications for transational activities are being accepted to our four, exciting, new theme-based opportunities:

  • Innovation for a Healthy Society
  • Innovation for a Resilient Society
  • Innovation for a Smart Society
  • Innovation for a Sustainable Society

The UKRI Impact Acceleration Account provides Imperial with funding to:

  • Strengthen engagement with users in order to accelerate the translation of research outputs into impacts 
  • Bridge the gap between discovery research and well-developed applications for translational funding schemes and other externally funded later stage translational activities, for example, industry sponsored funding, Research Council Follow On Funds, seed funding for spinouts and startups, InnovateUK, MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) or similar.  
  • Support, develop and foster strategic partnerships for knowledge exchange and impact, including across disciplines and sectors 
    build and maintain an environment and culture that enables effective and ambitious knowledge exchange and impact, including development of skills, capacity and capability within research organisations 
  • Provide early-stage support for progressing research outputs towards the next stages in the impact pipeline, for example: 
    • proof of concept projects 
    • commercialisation 
    • market validation 
    • activities targeting policy, business and the third sectors 
  • Drive continuous improvement in impact by supporting innovation, enabling ‘fast failure’, and capturing learning through appropriate mechanisms 
  • Enable flexible and adaptive approaches to knowledge exchange and impact, including the ability to respond quickly to emerging opportunities. 

How to apply - applications close 7 June 2022

Please refer to the UKRI IAA Call for Proposals guidance (pdf) prior to applying. This provides additional details about the call, eligibility requirements and funding rules.

There are two parts to the application process. Part A is an online form to collect basic information for the project details, and Part B requires documentation to be uploaded via the online portal. 

Part A

PI details, collaborators, ethics and IP (complete online via Qualtrics

At the end of this online form, you will be asked to upload the material below   

Part B

Research plan details and approvals (upload via online portal

  • Completed UKRI IAA Project Form (doc) 
  • The Worktribe summary statement (see details below) 
  • Letters of support from all named collaborators (if applicable)

Please include PI surname at beginning of all file names. All applications require approval from the Head of Department or their delegate via Worktribe. 

Worktribe instructions

The Worktribe summary statement approved by your Department must be uploaded to the online portal as part of Part B of your application (and please state your Worktribe PA number on all correspondence):

  • Full FEC costing must be prepared with your Department on Worktribe. Appropriate superusers should complete a Worktribe project with ‘Internal Scheme’ selected as the project type and ‘Research Council’ as the funder category (Note: these MUST be selected so that after departmental approval the costings are not routed to Research Services/JRO for bid submission). Guidance on costing an application on Worktribe can be found on the Worktribe guidance pages.
  • Submit the Worktribe project for departmental approval.
  • Research Services and/or JRO secondary approval is not required for applications to the UKRI IAA - all IAA projects will divert to the Research Office if the correct categories above are used.
  • Costing should be submitted with the application form as FEC projects. Although indirect costs must be included in the budget, only directly incurred costs and directly allocated costs related to facilities will be supported through UKRI IAA funding (at 100%).

Review and assessment

Applications will be reviewed by members of the appropriate theme selection panel, and applicants will be invited to respond to reviewers’ questions before the selection panel meeting as required. 

The theme selection panels comprise a theme chair, research community members, an IAA budget lead (Faculty Vice Dean for Research), and external panel members. 

Final outcomes based on the theme selection panel decisions, budget availability and allocation across theme panels will be made by the central Funding Panel (comprising the UKRI IAA Lead (current Vice-Provost Research and Enterprise) and Individual IAA budget leads (Faculty Vice Deans for Research)).