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The University of Surrey has been awarded £900k of funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). The IAA helps bridge the gap between the findings of social science research, and their uptake by businesses, policymakers and others. The funding is enabling researchers and students to develop effective collaborations, equipping them with the skills to transition their research into outcomes that impact the world and its citizens.

In 2019, the University of Surrey was one of 26 research organisations across the UK, to be awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). This funding will support University researchers and Post Graduate Research students to develop more effective collaborations with businesses, policy-makers and other sector groups, increasing the contribution of Surrey social science research to solving societal and economic challenges.

Enabling a closer relationship between the University and external partners will lead to more effective co-creation of future research, providing a step-change to Surrey’s impact generation and knowledge exchange activities, and helping ensure a more direct response to current and future societal needs.

The IAA is led by Professor Graham Miller, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor of Sustainability in Business in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, who said: “Building on the excellence of Surrey’s existing social science research, this is a brilliant opportunity to transform the visibility and stature of our social science impact, and for our academics to develop research that will benefit society and shape the future.”

Researchers can bid for funding to support exploring new partnerships with businesses and other organisations, and to enable Surrey research to make a difference in society. The IAA also provides a suite of training and networking activities to participants both within and outside the University, to build capacity to ensure the future sustainability of social science research, knowledge exchange and impact. The result will be better networks for delivering impact and to support future outstanding research achievements.

Find out more about what the ESRC IAA can offer to students, researchers and academics at The University of Surrey, by watching our presentation at the 2021 FASS Festival of Research:


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