Queen’s is one of only 26 research organisations from across the UK to be awarded an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The ESRC IAA will begin on 1 April 2019.
This significant investment will allow social scientists at Queen’s to develop flexible, creative and tailored approaches to increase the social and economic impact of their research locally, nationally and internationally. It will also help them to build new, and develop existing partnerships with external organisations.
The IAA will also allow Queen’s to do more to build skills and to enhance a culture of knowledge exchange within the University by supporting academics to apply their research to everything from education to the economy, and social work to security and borders.
An IAA is a block award made to research organisations to accelerate the impact of academic research. They are awarded by Research Councils, in this case by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
IAAs allow research organisations to respond to impact opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways. They provide agility and flexibility to make decisions about how to invest IAA funding in ways that best suit institutional strategies and opportunities. They build capacity and create opportunities for the social sciences to work across disciplines to progress research outputs and outcomes towards impact.
The overall aim of the ESRC IAA is to facilitate Queen’s University’s ambition to develop a fully-engaged research culture across the institution through the embedding of Knowledge Exchange (KE) and impact activities in social sciences. This will create an environment where people are able to reach their full potential and contribute fully to an open, inclusive, culturally-enriched, creative and connected society.
The ESRC IAA fund will encourage the involvement of as many external organisations as possible, primarily focusing on local and regional sectors and organisations but with a global approach to partners with specific areas of relevant expertise.
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