ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at Oxford

Oxford ESRC IAA Global to local impact from Oxford's social sciences

About the IAA

We are delighted to have been awarded a third Impact Acceleration Account in the latest competitive round of applications to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

£1.25 million has been awarded to Oxford University for activities over the period 2023-2028 that translate the university’s social sciences research into social, economic and behavioural impact. The funding, the maximum grant available from the Impact Acceleration Account investment, has been given by the Economic and Social Research Council, part of UKRI – the public body sponsored by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology – and will be managed by the Social Sciences Division.

The IAA will help to address key societal challenges by working with other disciplines and relevant stakeholders, building deeper collaborative partnerships and effective engagement pathways to enable the uptake of research. As part of this, support will be given to innovation and commercialisation of social sciences research, working closely with Oxford University Innovation. It will also deliver impact in the local area, working in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, and local authorities, agencies, businesses and communities. The intention is to create a gateway between social sciences researchers and local partners who are interested in creating place-based impacts.

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Funded ESRC IAA Projects

Oxford's social science researchers are collaborating with external partners, both nationally and internationally, to enhance the impact of their research by engaging in Knowledge Exchange activities. Find out more about the excellent projects that have received funding from Oxford's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and the Higher Education and Innovation Fund (HEIF) in the summaries below.