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ESRC IAA and HEIF Knowledge Exchange and Impact Funding for Social Sciences

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The Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team are pleased to announce the latest funding calls for the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and HEIF funding which provide flexible support for knowledge exchange for social scientists across the University. 

Current calls

Please note there are separate guidance documents and application forms for the ESRC and HEIF schemes.

ESRC IAA | KE Dialogues

This scheme provides small grants (up to £2.5K) for events/meetings to bring together academics with external non-academic stakeholders in meaningful and productive two-way discussions. These grants are intended as a first step in developing new collaborative relationships with non-academics that will, in turn, open up opportunities for new projects.

Type of activity: Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Deadline: 5pm 29th September 2017
Amount: Up to £2,500
Anticipated project length: 12 months

ESRC IAA | Kick-starting Impact Awards

Kick-starting Impact Awards are small flexible grants (up to £7.5K) which are intended to facilitate new knowledge exchange projects. They may be used, for example, to fund pilot-scale projects or stakeholder engagement activities which lay the foundation for future collaborations or engage existing partners in new knowledge exchange activities. The activities must be carried out in a genuinely collaborative manner, with significant contribution from non-academic partners. Salary costs for the Academic Leads are not eligible under this scheme.

Type of activity: Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Deadline: 5pm 6th October 2017
Amount: Up to £7,500
Anticipated project length: 12 months

ESRC IAA | Impact Acceleration Awards

This scheme is intended for knowledge exchange projects which may be a continuation of a previous project or a new initiative and aim to drive activity that will encourage impact from excellent research. This funding is flexible and can cover a wide array of activities which have the potential to generate or accelerate research impact. We encourage innovative ideas. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss a potential project. Salary costs for the Academic Leads are not eligible to be included in an Impact Acceleration Award proposal. However, you may wish to use some of the funding to cover salary costs for project staff e.g. a postdoctoral researcher, a KE Officer, casual research assistance, or someone with specific technical skills.
Type of activity: Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Deadline: 5pm 6th October 2017
Amount: Up to £50,000
Anticipated project length: 12 months

ESRC IAA | Visiting Practitioner Fellowships

This scheme (awards up to £25K) enables individuals from non-academic partner organisations to visit Oxford and be embedded within departments/faculties or research groups for up to 12 months. The aim is that this involvement with research will feed into their normal practice and forge closer relations between the University and their organisations and networks. Researchers will benefit from the practice, knowledge and perspectives of the non-academic partner, enabling their research to be more relevant and useful to end users.
Type of activity: Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Deadline: 5pm 6th October 2017
Amount: Up to £25,000
Anticipated project length: up to 12 months

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Other IAA schemes (Oxford only)

HEIF | KE Fellowships

This scheme enables an academic (early career or established) to spend time working closely/embedded with an external non-academic organisation/s. The grant covers £20K of salary or buyout and £5K for other project costs. We are looking for creative, practical and innovative proposals that engage non-academic partners in two-way sharing of learning, ideas and experiences with the aim of accelerating the economic and societal impacts of excellent social science research.

Type of activity: Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact
Deadline: 5pm 6th October 2017
Amount: Up to £25,000
Anticipated project length: 6 to 8 months

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Other opportunities (Oxford only)

POST Fellowships 

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to go and work in Parliament. This latest call is an Open Call – meaning academics can propose a project of their choosing.

Oxford process: Submit your application (download from POST) with parts 1-3 completed by 31st July if you want the ESRC IAA to fund this fellowship. Applications cannot be submitted to POST without IAA support. Applications will be reviewed in-house before a funding decision is made.

Joint funding with ESRC and EPSRC IAAs for interdisciplinary impact projects

If you have a project idea that spans the disciplinary remits for the EPSRC and ESRC, talk to us as soon as possible about how to apply for potential co-funded projects. The next deadline for the EPSRC IAA is the 21st August, and applications for joint proposals will need to be made by then – please note this is earlier than the normal ESRC IAA deadline.

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How to apply
For more details on the IAA and HEIF schemes please see our website: http://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/esrciaa/call. Applications should be submitted to the Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team by your departmental administrator.

Find out more at our briefing session
An IAA/HEIF briefing session is planned on 5th July 2017 from 2- 4pm at the Social Sciences Division office (Hayes House, 75 George Street). This will introduce the schemes, and allow potential applicants to hear from existing award holders and ask questions with subject specific examples. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/esrciaa/call. Register for a place at the briefing here: https://kefundingbriefing.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions please email esrciaa@socsci.ox.ac.uk for further advice and assistance.