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Adventurous Impact Funding

This funding call will enable new types of impact project to be undertaken, testing experimental approaches to creating impact from research. Successful applications will demonstrate creative and innovative “outside the box” approaches to creating economic and/or social impact from research.

Projects with longer-term potential to be rolled-out more broadly are particularly welcomed as part of our development plans to ensure effective University support for knowledge exchange and impact.

Funding will only be approved to support projects which do not qualify for one of the following categories of projects supported by the EPSRC IAA:

  • Follow on Fund
  • Partnership Development Awards
  • Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

Applicants will need to justify why their project could not be funded under one of the above schemes.

Projects could include:

  • Piloting new models for academic engagement with non-academic groups, e.g. the general public, policy-makers, industry, public services or the third sector;
  • Impact projects addressing key social and/or economic challenges;
  • New approaches to people exchange and mobility for impact e.g. part-time/flexible secondments;
  • Enabling early career researchers to develop impact skills and engage in impact activities;
  • Impact activities which contribute to regional/place agendas e.g. in the Cambridge cluster and wider region;
  • Any other innovative project which could create impact from research.

We encourage informal enquiries from potential applicants to discuss project ideas before applying, by emailing 

This call is aimed at relatively short term (6 month) and small scale (£30K) projects.  Please also contact us if you have a potential project which does not fit the timescale or budget for this call, as there may be future opportunities for larger-scale, longer-term funding.

All projects must have a link to prior EPSRC-funded research.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis and must be submitted on the application form, by email to by the deadline of 31 July 2021.

Eligible Costs

Funding of up to £30 000 per project is available within the following categories of expenditure:

  • Staff costs for up to 3 months
  • Materials and consumables
  • Equipment access
  • External consultancy
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Other costs where justified as necessary for the project

This grant pays 100% direct costs only, overhead costs are not eligible.

All projects must demonstrate a link to EPSRC-funded research and must be completed by 31 March 2022.

Application process

Proposals should be emailed to by 5pm on 31 July 2021.

Please obtain an X5 costing for your proposal from your departmental research grants administrator or equivalent, and check if there is an internal deadline for departmental approval of your proposal before submission.    

Guidance on planning impact projects is available at

Please contact with any queries about this scheme.