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First Bristol ESRC Impact Acceleration Awards made

4 September 2014

Awards of almost £50,000, the first to be funded through the University’s ESRC-funded Impact Acceleration Account, have been made across five Bristol Social Science projects

Earlier this year, the ESRC awarded funding to 25 universities to accelerate the application and use of social science research through Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). The University of Bristol’s IAA is designed to enable rapid responses to knowledge exchange and impact development opportunities, usually in collaboration with non-academic partners.

In June 2014 Bristol launched an internal open call for four types of projects, with awards ranging from £100+ for Impact Travel Awards, to £20,000+ for Impact Projects and Knowledge Exchange Secondments.

The first IAA Project Awards have now been made and the successful projects are listed below. The Funding Assessment Panel were pleased with the range and imagination of project proposals and with the commitment of the external partners involved.

The next deadline for proposal submissions is 17 October 2014.

If you work outside the University and are seeking a collaborator or research partner, do contact Andrew Wray, Frances Frith or Nikki Hicks in RED's Alliance Development Group.

If you are a researcher at Bristol with an idea or project that would benefit from funding by the Impact Acceleration Account, do talk to your School Research or Impact Director, and contact Andrew Wray, Frances Frith or Nikki Hicks in RED's Alliance Development Group.

New awardees:

  • Dr Mhairi Gibson - The demographic impact of development: engaging with the charitable sector to design and implement effective intervention in rural Ethiopia.
  • Sarah Griffiths - The development of a tablet app for teaching emotion recognition to children with autism spectrum disorder in schools
  • Dr David Sweeting - The Bristol Civic Leadership Project: delivering practical benefits to the governance of Bristol
  • Dr Margerhita Pieraccini - Building environmental stewardship to address compliance gaps in the SINIS Marine Protected Area (Sardinia)
  • Prof Malcolm Evans - Strategies for tackling torture and improving prevention
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