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The University of Cambridge was awarded a BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to strengthen engagement with users and accelerate the translation of research outputs into impacts. This includes facilitating the impact agenda by forging new collaborations with industry, policy makers and third sector organisations or strengthening existing external non-academic collaborations. 

Open calls

The BBSRC IAA Pump-priming funding call 2022 is now closed.

Who can apply?

Funding is open to Principal Investigators employed within a University department with project proposals within the BBSRC remit. Please note that, in contrast to previous BBSRC IAAs, previous/current BBSRC funding is NOT a requirement. Applications from ECRs with PIs as co-applicants are encouraged. Interdisciplinary applications are also welcome. 

What can be funded?

Pump-priming projects should enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner. Funds can be used for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to: 

  • Activities which aim to impact on policy, business and third sector practice, resources and/or procedure 

  • Proof-of-concept studies and/or trials 

  • Pursuit of commercialisation, for example, by: 

    • Developing ways to enable potential users to understand the benefits of novel ideas or technologies, e.g. initial product design, developing virtual demonstrations, prototypes etc.  
    • Providing access to expertise to enable exploitation and commercialisation, e.g. undertaking market intelligence, understanding the regulatory landscape, or establishing early-stage freedom to operate etc. 
    • Undertaking market validation 
Application process

Application is via the online IAA Application System. Please provide: 

  • Outline details of the project in the IAA Application System 
  • A completed BBSRC IAA application form, including HoD signature 

  • A copy of the draft project costing from X5 

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

  • Any additional documents, such as Gantt chart showing the intended project timeline, as appropriate. 

Please note the submission system only accepts PDF documents 

To maximise the strength of your application, please refer to: 



If you would like to discuss your project or have any queries, please contact: Dr Marwah Hassan, Research Strategy Office,