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

The Surrey Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and Confidence in Concept (CiC) provides highly flexible funding to support knowledge exchange, the acceleration of impact, and to bridge the gap between UKRI (EPSRC, STFC, ESRC, and MRC) funded research to facilitate impact for the benefit of society including translation towards commercialisation.  

New: STFC IAA update - A new call for STFC IAA Projects is open.

New: Covid-19 Impact Funding

Both the EPSRC and STFC have made IAA funding available for covid-19 impact work.  This means that if you are looking for funding for a covid-19 related project, as long as the research originates from anywhere within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, you may be eligible to apply for IAA funding.  Please contact the IAA Manager for more information

STFC IAA

STFC IAA funding for Projects and Engagement activities to March 2022 is open.  

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

STFC Impact Generation Projects

Funding available

£47,500 maximum for a single project

Application Deadline

Aug 31st 2021 - midday

* Deadline extended

Purpose

An academic can apply for funding to support any activity to exploit or help generate impact from outcomes associated with an STFC 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 STFC funded portfolio
  • IAA funds must be spent within the STFC 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 March 2022.  Extensions will not be possible.
  • 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. Self register and complete the online application form by adding a new disclosure, and selecting STFC IAA Application from the drop down list
  3. Request financial costings from research-support@surrey.ac.uk via the Intention to Bid process.  Attach the resulting ARCP report to you application form.
  4. Consider any ethics requirements by completing SAGE-HDR (human) or SAGE-AR (animal)
  5. Submit a draft at least 1 week before the application deadline for review with the IAA Manager
  6. Submit your final application

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

STFC External Engagement

Funding available

Up to £2k

Application Deadline

Ongoing

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 STFC funded portfolio
  • IAA funds must be spent within the STFC 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 March 2022.  Extensions will not be possible.
  • 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

EPSRC IAA

A call for EPSRC Impact Generation ProjectsPlacements and Engagements is available here.

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

EPSRC Impact Generation Projects

Funding available

£50k maximum for a single project

Application Deadline

[Call closed]

If you have a suitable project you are encouraged to discuss this with the IAA Manager, and consider drafting an application in advance of a future call

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 strictly be completed by either (please contact the IAA Manager)
    • 30th June 2021
    • 1st March 2022
  • 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. Self register and complete the online application form by adding a new disclosure, and selecting EPSRC IAA Application from the drop down list
  3. Request financial costings from research-support@surrey.ac.uk via the Intention to Bid process
  4. Consider any ethics requirements by completing SAGE-HDR (human) or SAGE-AR (animal)
  5. Submit a draft at least 1 week before the application deadline for review with the IAA Manager
  6. Submit your final application

* Partner contributions dependent 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

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 strictly be completed by 1st March 2022 (please contact the IAA Manager)
  • 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

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 strictly be completed by 1st March 2022 (please contact the IAA Manager)
    • 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

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

A call for the MRC's Confidence in Concept Projects and for Partnership Development is now closed.

CiC funding supports the MRC's mission to ensure that fundamental science is translated into new therapies, diagnostics and medical devices. The CiC scheme aims to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic/biomarker development and de-risk rapidly projects across the translational lifecycle such that they become eligible for substantial funding bids. The award enables Surrey to administrate responsive and flexible project funding to generate sufficient preliminary data to establish the viability of an approach before seeking more substantial funding.

Details of the type of activities to be funded through the MRC CiC are described below.  Please contact the IAA Manager for more information.

CiC Projects

Funding available

£10k - £70k maximum for a single project

  • Projects of all sizes are encouraged to apply
  • Further funding may become available for suitable projects

Application Deadline

[Call closed]

If you have a suitable project you are encouraged to discuss this with the IAA Manager, and consider drafting an application in advance of a future call

Purpose

An academic can apply for funding to support activity to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

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:

  • Preliminary or feasibility studies
  • Cross-disciplinary or cross-sector collaboration
  • Applying research from one discipline or sector to an application in another
  • Market assessment projects
  • Activities to support the development of industry collaborations including:
    • People exchanges at all levels and in either direction (industry to academia, and academia to industry)
    • Showcase or workshop events
    • Co-funding of collaborative project with industry partner
  • Access to equipment and expertise

Funding Conditions

  • Proposal must be linked to research within MRC’s remit area: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/science-areas/  
  • CiC funds must be spent within the MRC terms and conditions meaning any unaccounted costs or underspends will be returned to the CiC budget for use within further calls. The CiC does not commit to cover any overspend and any potential overspend that arises will be the responsibility of the department
  • Project must strictly be completed by the 31st March 2022
  • 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 CiC funding
  • Project plan that demonstrates both milestones and deliverables within a defined timescale
  • Full justification of resources given and explanation of the split between CiC funding and any other financial support e.g. in cash or in kind from external project partners
  • Projects involving external industry collaborations and leveraged funding are highly desirable
Ineligible Costs

The funding is not intended to support:

  • Entire translational projects – applicants seeking funding for entire projects are directed to the MRC’s DPFS scheme
  • Administration costs
  • Industrial partner costs
  • Staff between posts/funding (i.e. as “bridging” funds), or PhD studentships
  • Continuation of normal research grants
  • Costs related to protection of intellectual property
  • Staff exchange into a spin-out company of the host institution

How to apply

  1. Contact the IAA Manager to discuss your application
  2. Self register and complete the online application form by adding a new disclosure, and selecting MRC CiC Application from the drop down list
  3. Request financial costings from research-support@surrey.ac.uk via the Intention to Bid process
  4. Consider any ethics requirements early by completing SAGE-HDR (human) or SAGE-AR (animal)
  5. Submit a draft at least 1 week before the application deadline for review with the IAA Manager
  6. Submit your final application

CiC Partnership Development

Funding available

Up to £2k

Application Deadline

Call closed

Purpose

Assistance and funding is provided to help researchers identify and engage with industry or other partners to stimulate new relationships and support the early stage development of collaborations that will generate impact from fundamental research.

Examples of engagement activities include:

  • Support for initial external stakeholder engagement
  • Attending trade shows and industry events
  • Organising showcase or workshop events to engage external partners
  • Staff mobility – both bringing external partners to Surrey and enabling Surrey staff to visit external partners

Funding Conditions

  • Proposal must be linked to research within MRC remit (see https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/science-areas/)
  • Funds must be spent within the MRC terms and conditions meaning any unaccounted costs or underspends will be returned to the CiC budget for use within further calls. The CiC 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 31st March 2022
  • 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)
Ineligible Costs

The funding is not intended to support:

  • Entire translational projects – applicants seeking funding for entire projects are directed to the MRC’s DPFS scheme
  • Administration costs
  • Industrial partner costs
  • Staff between posts/funding (i.e. as “bridging” funds), or PhD studentships
  • Continuation of normal research grants
  • Costs related to protection of intellectual property
  • Staff exchange into a spin-out company of the host institution

Application Criteria

  • Identification of external partner(s) to be engaged
  • Articulate the impact and knowledge exchange resulting from the activity
  • Outline next steps for developing the relationship

How to apply

IAA / CiC process and governance

The Surrey IAA/CiC 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/CiC Project Board 
  2. You will then be notified whether your application has been successful, or you may be required to present your application, or 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/CiC Projects will be sent to the Principle Investigator (PI)
  5. The IAA Manager may contact you for progress reports on Projects for review at the regular Project Board meetings
  6. A Steering Committee will meet annually to review all aspects of the IAA/CiC programme, and may include representatives from UKRI funders, industrial partners, and advisors to provide oversight and strategic guidance
  7. At the end of your Project you will be required to complete a feedback form.  Feedback and outcomes may be requested for industry Engagement and Placement activities.  This information may be collated to report back to the Steering Committee, produce case studies, feedback back to the UKRI funders, or facilitate improvements to Surrey’s IAA/CiC and Knowledge Exchange (KE) initiatives, and improvements to Surrey's translational research activities.

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