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Institutional sponsorship grants are awarded to the University to strategically support selected thematic areas. The Research Strategy Office coordinates the following grants:

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account 

The EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) provides the University with resources to deliver impact and work on the exploitation of outcomes from its EPSRC research portfolio, with the key objective of shortening the time to impact. The IAA brings together a number of previous initiatives to provide more flexibility, including support for secondments, early stage commercialisation, developing new partnerships and reaching out to researchers who do not normally engage in commercialisation activities. EPSRC IAA supports three calls at the University of Cambridge:

  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Partnership Development Awards

    This fund helps to establish closer working partnerships with business and is open to research projects within EPSRC remit which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become new business partners for the University.

 

  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Follow-on Fund

    This scheme funds the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, helping to make the ideas more attractive for commercial investment. The fund is open to develop projects which have arisen from EPSRC funded research (either research grants or studentships).

 

  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

    This scheme helps transfer knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC research between the University and a partner company. The Fellowship will fund a researcher or member of academic staff to undertake a placement within a business or other partner organisation. Fellowships are also open to company employees to spend time working in a University department to facilitate knowledge transfer.

 


ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 

The aim of the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account is to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of social science research in the University. The delivery of the ESRC IAA programme is overseen by the ESRC IAA Academic Director and Executive Steering Group, comprising senior academics. The ESRC IAA Coordinator is providing support to the Academic Director and the Executive Group and delivering the programme.

 



GCRF Global Impact Acceleration Account

The aim of the GCRF Impact Acceleration Account (GIAA) is to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of research in the University that falls within the GCRF remit. The delivery of the GIAA programme is overseen by the GCRF Academic Director and Executive Steering Group. The GCRF IAA is managed by the University Research Office.

 


GCRF QR Funding

The aim of the GCRF QR funds will be available to support a wide range of initiatives compliant with the ODA guidelines (the list of ODA eligible countries is available here). The University will make this funding available through 3 different schemes:

·         Scheme 1: Pump-Priming Fund

·         Scheme 2: Travel and Networking Fund

·         Scheme 3: Response Fund

 


The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) 

The fund provides UK-based universities with an opportunity to invest in strategic areas of importance across their portfolio. The Wellcome Trust ISSF scheme currently supports two funding calls at Cambridge:

 



Isaac Newton Trust / University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme 

This grant scheme aims to provide research support to the recently appointed University Lecturers in the Schools of Physical Sciences and Technology.

 


Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) provides funding for knowledge exchange to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK. The allocation of University's HEIF allocation is overseen by the Research Policy Committee.


Institutional Sponsorship Grants handled outside the RSO:

 

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund

BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Cambridge in Africa

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants

DAAD - Cambridge Collaboration

Hershell Smith Fellowships

Impact Research Awards and Prizes

MRC Confidence in Concept

MRC Proximity to Discovery

Turing funding opportunities

Wellcome Trust Developing Concept Fund

Isaac Newton Trust Small Research Grant Scheme

Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership First Call