IAA awards

Impact Accelerator Account funding

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: https://www.herts.ac.uk/research/impact-our-research/impact-acceleration-accounts

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.
Examples include:

  • Harris Tweed, to promote recycling and carbon reduction;
  • memorial sites during the pandemic;
  • the legacy of British theatre,
  • Gothic Tourism,
  • foraging and early medicines.

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 9 October 2023
  • * Mon 1 April 2024
    * Mon 8 January 2024
  • * 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 https://www.herts.ac.uk/research/impact-our-research/impact-acceleration-accounts

For definitions of Research Council remit,

See: https://www.ukri.org/publications/ahrcresearch-funding-guide/
See: https://www.ukri.org/councils/esrc/remitportfolio- and-priorities/