Funding available for ECRs to co-produce impact projects with local organisations

What is the IAA Bristol Model Placement Award?

The Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Bristol Model Placement Award aims to enhance social sciences research impact and promote knowledge exchange in areas of untapped potential and strategic importance for the University of Bristol.

Building on the success of the Bristol Model Project, the Award follows the established framework in which Early Career Researchers (ECRs) undertake placements to co-produce projects with external organisations in Bristol.

The Award is a placement and training scheme open to ECRs interested in co-producing impact projects. We particularly encourage projects that are working with local charities, community groups, social enterprises and government organisations.

Why apply for the Awards?

The Award aims to develop ECRs' skills in partnership working, build capacity to conduct impactful research, enhancing their employability.

The scheme will also strengthen existing relationships with external stakeholders and develop new equitable partnerships to accelerate the translation of research.

ECRs wishing to apply for the Award are invited to register for the Co-produced research workshop, to develop their co-production skills and implement them on challenging projects.

What is involved?

  • Co-design a social science impact project with an external organisation based on existing research
  • Research funding up to £8000 per project
  • Placement can be full-time or part-time
  • Placement duration is between 3-6 months
  • The Professional Liaison Network (PLN) will support the ECR to identify a suitable external organisation (if required)

How to apply?

If you have any further questions regarding the scheme, please contact Jiangee Ching (  

Assessment of applications and assessment criteria

Please refer to the Application guidelines IAA Application Guidelines for more information on how applications are assessed and the criteria.

Workshop: An Introduction to Co-produced Research

The Professional Liaison Network and the Impact Acceleration Account are organising a workshop for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and external organisations to explore how to use co-produced approaches in research.

Hannah Mumby’s interactive workshop helps teams explore and learn from the tangled knots of their collaborative work. She specialises in helping people delve into the messy process of co-production, using effective facilitation practices and an interactive tool called The Co-Production Oracle that was created with the University of Exeter.

Lunch will be provided on the day and there will also be plenty of time to ask questions and meet others.

The workshop is repeated on two dates:

Workshop 1:

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2024

Time: 10.30am-2.30pm

Location: Room 4.10, University of Bristol, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA

Workshop 2:

Date: Wednesday 3 July 2024

Time: 1-5pm

Location: Room 4.10, University of Bristol, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA



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