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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) aims to accelerate the exploitation of current or recently completed funded EPSRC research through increased engagement with key stakeholders and project partners. This, in turn, will demonstrate the impact the University of Surrey's research has had and is having on UK society, both socially and economically.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) aims to broaden and increase the interaction between STFC researchers, industry and potential users of research outcomes. It will support pre-commercial knowledge exchange and reduce real and perceived barriers to working with industry on application-focused development from fundamental research.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC Confidence in Concept aims to ensure that fundamental science is translated into new therapies, diagnostics and medical devices is central to the MRC mission. The CiC scheme aims to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic/biomarker development  and de-rsk rapidly projects across the translational lifecycle such that they become eligible for substantial funding bids. The award provides institutes with locally administered, responsive and flexible funding. The projects supported should aim to generate sufficient preliminary data to establish the viability of an approach before seeking more substantial funding.

Following on from the success of the University of Surrey's EPSRC IAA from 2017 to 2020 and previous rounds, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded funding to support a further extension through to March 2022.

We are also delighted to announce that the University of Surrey have been successful in securing Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) IAA funding for 2020/21.

The objective of the IAA has been to provide short-term pump priming support to bridge the funding gap between research and potential commercialisation, often referred to as the ‘valley of death’. Funding from the IAA has been a key element in exploiting research, with many of the projects going on to secure additional funding to support the activity along the road to commercialisation.

Professor Michael Kearney – Provost and Executive Vice-President; Principal Investigator

The University has recently produced a second edition of the review of IAA-supported work, Impacting Lives, featuring additional case studies of projects funded between October 2015 and March 2017. This is currently available in print from the IAA. The previous review, 2012-2015 is available electronically - you can download a copy or view an online version

For more information regarding the IAA, please follow the links below.