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UEA awarded ESRC Impact Accelerator Account

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UEA awarded ESRC Impact Accelerator Account

The University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) was formally launched in February 2015 in order to improve and accelerate the impact of research output across the four facilities at UEA working in economic and social research.

The ESRC defines impact in this context as, ‘the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy’, and encourages researchers to consider the who may benefit from the work they carry out in order to improve research effectiveness, social cohesion, economic prosperity and quality of life.

The funding allocated to UEA is £680,000, of which 70% will be used to develop Strategic Themes and Rapid Response projects, while the remainder will fund the new position of ESRC IAA Partnerships Manager.

This award will build on the foundations of similar accelerator accounts from the Natural Environment Research Council  (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to ensure well-rounded an high-impact research output from UEA’s social and economic stream.

Richard Clarke, from UEA’s Research and Enterprise Services (REN), added, “The new scheme has already had a tangible impact, acting as a first entry point for external parties wishing to work more closely with UEA, and as a catalyst within campus-wide discussions about translating impact from research. These interdisciplinary impact discussions often spin out into areas such as further applications for other competitions, both internal and external.”

UEA’s ERSC IAA is already funding projects in the School of Environmental Sciences, including a half day joint workshop with the External Advisory Board on Marine Environment which has led to the adoption of that issue as a Strategic Theme under the account, with funding of £40,000."

Posted by Andrew Rushby on Mon, 30 Oct 2017

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