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The AHRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) (previously the Arts and Humanities Impact Fund, or AHIF) aims to enhance the non-academic impact of arts and humanities research at the University of Cambridge. 

It supports ‘on the ground’ impact and knowledge exchange activities, which enable researchers at all levels to engage with the public, private and third sectors, and provides a sustainable support structure within the University to promote wider and more effective engagement with external non-academic organisations. 

Open calls

The AHRC Early Career Researcher Impact Fund Call and the AHRC Impact Fund Call have both closed.

Who can apply?

The AHRC IAA Impact Fund is open to Principal Investigators employed within a University department with project proposals within the AHRC remit

AHRC IAA Early Career Researcher Call is open to early career researcher, e.g. JRFs, Post-docs, BA/Leverhulme fellows, with project proposals within the AHRC remit. Applicants will require a senior researcher to act as a Co-Investigator, to benefit from existing experience in grant management and to facilitate mutual learning between research staff.   

What can be funded?

Applications to both calls can be used for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:  

  • Activities targeting policy, business and the third sectors.  

  • proof-of-concept studies and/or trials.  

  • Performances of dramatic or musical works.  

  • Exhibitions & public engagement activities.  

  • The production of software, websites etc.   

  • Engagement with schools/educational institutions.  

  • Monitoring and evaluation of achieved impact.   

Application Process

Application is via the online IAA Application System. Please submit PDF versions of:  

  • A letter of support from external partner (if applicable).  

  • A Gantt chart showing the intended timeline of your project may be provided (optional).  

Application forms are available from Dr Lucy Sheerman, the AHRC IAA Coordinator AHimpact@admin.cam.ac.uk 

Queries and Guidance

All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential projects with the Arts and Humanities Impact Facilitator Dr Lucy Sheerman AHimpact@admin.cam.ac.uk before application.