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Impact Accelerator Account funding

The next quarterly application deadline for our rolling Impact Funding calls is 1 July at 5pm. Herts researchers of all academic disciplines are welcome to apply to our general impact QR awards, while additional specialist awards through our two Impact Acceleration Accounts are open to academics in arts, humanities and social sciences.

Check out the Impact Funding page on HertsHub for full information, and, as always, you are welcome to contact us with any queries.

The University of Hertfordshire has been awarded over £1.7m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to accelerate the impact of the University’s world-leading research.

Collectively known as Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs), the block funding by UKRI to the University of Hertfordshire is made available via two research councils, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), respectively.

These awards reflect the University of Hertfordshire’s strategic commitment to research, our successful REF2021 result, and the impact being delivered by researchers in our Research Centres.

The two UH-based IAAs will make it possible for the University of Hertfordshire to deploy funding in ways best suited to our institutional strategies and impact objectives.

The schemes are open to all academic staff working in the arts and humanities. For more details on the schemes available, go to:

As part of the scheme, the Heritage Hub offers the Co-Production Heritage Award: working with non-HEI external partners and the  Heritage Hub to co-produce research: through cultural strategy, governance, and delivery.

Read more about our current funded projects:  Project Showcase

We are pleased to announce that for the academic year 2023-24, we are moving to rolling calls for impact funding, including our two IAAs. This means that all awards will be permanently open for applications. The panels will meet four times a year to assess any applications received by the following dates:

  • * Mon 1 July 2024


New and Emerging Impact Award (Maximum value £2,500)
Open Impact Award (Maximum value £7,500)


  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Impact Awards (Maximum value £7,500)
  • Commercialising SocSci Awards (Maximum value £5,000)
  • Co-Production Heritage Awards (Maximum value £7,500)
  • Policy Connect Awards (Maximum value £5,000)
  • Knowledge Exchange Placements (Maximum value £15,000)
  • Interdisciplinary SHAPE Impact Awards (Maximum value £7,500)
  • Co-Production for Health and Wellbeing Awards (Maximum value £15,000)
  • Knowledge Exchange Leaders Awards (Maximum value £20,000)

For more details on how to apply, go to

For definitions of Research Council remits of research, and-priorities/

Apply for the IAA community Co-Production in Heritage grant

Contact if you're interested in applying, need some help with the application form, or seek to find an academic researcher to help with your community heritage project.

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External grants and support for applications

Collaborate with the Heritage Hub and share in the creation of resources and research.

The University of Hertfordshire already benefits enormously from relationships with community organisations in Hertfordshire and beyond.

We are offering support to groups interested in applying to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Whether your group is new to funding applications, or experienced with them, we can help you shape your ideas and guide you through the application process.

Previous activities have included workshops on the sources available to local historians, oral history interviewing using the expertise and training from the UH Oral History Team, and using digital tools such as mapping to take research to wider audiences.

If you are interested in these ideas or have one of your own that you would like us to consider, then contact us at