Information for Surrey academics

Are you looking for funding to successfully exploit your research in collaboration with industry?  Have you considered applying for funding from the Surrey IAA?

About the IAA

A new EPSRC IAA call is now accepting applications for projects, placements and engagement activities running from April 2020 to March 2021

The Surrey Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) provides highly flexible funding to support knowledge exchange, the acceleration of impact, and to bridge the gap between EPSRC funded research through to commercialisation.

Applicants should note that if all funds are allocated through the current call, the date for the next EPSRC IAA call is anticipated to be April 2021.  However, additional funding may become available through the year.  Please contact the IAA Manager if you would like to apply for IAA funding after the deadlines.

IAA funding mechanisms

Details of the type of activities funded through the IAA are described below:

EPSRC Impact Generation Projects

Funding available

£50k maximum for a single project

Application Deadline

12:00 noon, Monday 16 March 2020

Purpose

An academic can apply for funding to support any activity to exploit or help generate impact from outcomes associated with an EPSRC supported field of research. 

There is no restriction on type or format of a project, but basic criteria must be demonstrated and are assessed before funding approved

Examples of project types considered include:

  • proof-of-concept
  • detailed market assessment
  • exploitation projects, industrial / public engagement
  • access to equipment and expertise
  • cross-sector collaboration (e.g. engineering <> medical)
  • applying research from one sector to an application in another

Funding Conditions

  • Proposal must be linked to research within the EPSRC funded portfolio
  • IAA funds must be spent within the EPSRC terms and conditions meaning any unaccounted costs or underspends will be returned to the IAA budget for use within further calls. The IAA does not commit to cover any overspend and any potential overspend that arises will be the responsibility of the department
  • Project must be completed by the 28th February 2021
  • Be prepared to report on the project progress and outcomes
  • Complete a mandatory post-project feedback form
  • Assist in publicity to demonstrate the generation of impact from research (e.g. case studies)

Application Criteria

  • The long-term impact must be articulated and the role that this project will play in achieving it
  • Plan to continue the exploitation after the end of the IAA funding
  • Project plan that demonstrates both milestones and deliverables within a defined timescale
  • Full justification of resources given and explanation of the split between IAA and external support
  • Public or private sector partner who is prepared to contribute towards the costs project (in cash or in-kind)*

How to apply

  1. Contact the IAA Manager to discuss your application
  2. Complete the online application form and submit a draft with outline costings at least 1 week before the application deadline
  3. Submit your application

* Partner contributions dependant on the size of the partner and the project costs

 

EPSRC PhD and ECR Placements

Funding available

Costs for a placement ≤3 months

Application Deadline

Ongoing, rolling basis with final application deadline in November 2020

Purpose

  • Post-graduate and early career researchers associated with EPSRC research to be placed in industry or for industry researchers to be placed in the University
  • To transfer knowledge and skills, and gain industrial experience

Funding Conditions

  • Proposal must be linked to research within the EPSRC funded portfolio
  • IAA funds must be spent within the EPSRC terms and conditions meaning any unaccounted costs or underspends will be returned to the IAA budget for use within further calls. The IAA does not commit to cover any overspend and any potential overspend that arises will be the responsibility of the department
  • Placement must be completed by the 28th February 2021
  • Be prepared to report on the placement outcomes, and assist in publicity to demonstrate the generation of impact from the placement (e.g. case studies)

Application Criteria

  • Articulate the impact and knowledge exchange resulting from the placement

How to apply

Contact the IAA Manager to discuss your application

This scheme is in collaboration with the Surrey Doctoral College.  Collaboration with regional technology SMEs who may not have previously considered this type of engagement with a university is particularly encouraged.

 

EPSRC External Engagement

Funding available

Up to £2k

Application Deadline

Ongoing, rolling basis with final application deadline in January 2021

Purpose

Assistance and funding is provided to help researchers identify and engage with commercial partners to stimulate more relationships and active collaborations

Examples of engagement activities include:

  • Attending trade shows and industry events
  • Industry visits
  • Support for initial external stakeholder engagement

Funding Conditions

  • Proposal must be linked to research within the EPSRC funded portfolio
  • IAA funds must be spent within the EPSRC terms and conditions meaning any unaccounted costs or underspends will be returned to the IAA budget for use within further calls. The IAA does not commit to cover any overspend and any potential overspend that arises will be the responsibility of the department
  • Engagement must be completed by the 28th February 2021
  • Be prepared to report on the engagement outcomes, and assist in publicity to demonstrate the generation of impact from the engagement (e.g. case studies)

Application Criteria

  • Articulate the impact and knowledge exchange resulting from the activity

How to apply

IAA process and governance

The Surrey IAA application process has been developed to be as simple, supportive, and transparent as possible.  

  1. Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed at the next IAA Project Board (26th March 2020)
  2. You will then be notified whether your application has been successful, or you may be required to provide further information if the panel board have further questions
  3. If you are successful in your application, you will be provided with a cost code to track your expenditure
  4. Monthly financial reports for IAA Projects will be sent to the Principle Investigator (PI)
  5. The IAA Manager may contact you for progress reports on IAA Projects for review at the regular Project Board meetings
  6. The IAA Steering Committee will meet annually to review all aspects of the IAA, and may include representatives from the EPSRC, industrial partners, and advisors to provide oversight and strategic guidance
  7. At the end of your IAA Project you will be required to complete a feedback form.  Feedback and outcomes may be requested for Engagements and Placements.  This information may be collated to report back to the Steering Committee, produce case studies, feedback back to the EPSRC, or facilitate improvements to Surrey’s IAA and Knowledge Exchange (KE) initiatives.

You can also find further information by following the links below.

 

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