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UKRI Impact Acceleration Account – call for proposals

01 Feb 2024

University’s Knowledge Exchange Partnerships team announces sixth call for proposals – deadline Wednesday, 13 March

The Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is a combination of grants awarded to our University by research councils.

IAA funding supports the research and innovation ecosystem to develop wider impacts from research through fast and flexible funding for early-stage knowledge exchange activities. Grants are available from AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and STFC.

The UoM Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Team is pleased to announce the sixth call for proposals under the following mechanisms:

Relationship Development Scheme (up to £10,000)

Fostering new relationships between external partners and academic researchers, creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and skills.

Deadline: Open Call

RDS application form

RDS quick guide

Proof of Concept Scheme (up to £30,000)

Support for the very early stage of transforming research outputs into commercial and translational opportunities.

Deadline: Wednesday, 13 March

PCS application form

PCS quick guide

Secondment Scheme (up to £60,000)

Flexible support for secondments between the University of Manchester and partner organisations.

Deadline: Wednesday, 13 March

Secondment Scheme application form

Secondment Scheme quick guide


IAA projects are no longer required to be directly related to previous funded research, but must fall within the remit and priorities of one or more of the relevant Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, STFC

Multidisciplinary projects may be jointly funded by more than one research council as appropriate.

Eligible collaborators are UK-based businesses (including UK sites of international businesses), UK charities, and UK public sector organisations such as the NHS. Non-UK based businesses may be eligible where there is demonstrable evidence of the intention for inward investment during or beyond the lifetime of the project (for example, establishing a UK site, job creation). If you have any queries regarding user organisation eligibility, please contact the Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Team on

Do you have a potential project?

The Knowledge Exchange Partnerships Team provide active support for the development of IAA submissions. You are strongly advised to contact us via at least one month before the call closing date on Wednesday, 13 March.

Further information