Impact Development

What we do

The Impact Development Team generates the funds, collaborations, and capacity for researchers to deliver impact. We have created a number of tools to help with this. We work with academics to shape plans for research impact, increasing economic and societal benefits; and with Faculties and Schools to propose strategies and priorities in specific disciplines and sectors. The team has five key responsibilities:

1. Develop complex, large industry-driven bids

Managers in the Impact Development team lead RED’s support by convening or joining agile teams, working closely with academic leaders and liaising with external organisations.

2. Support knowledge exchange, innovation and impact funding bids

The team supports academic- and business-led proposals to InnovateUK, all seven Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust, NIHR, the Industrial Strategy and others. We help shape project objectives and define Knowledge Exchange methodologies, as well as advising on how to win the grant.

3. Win and deliver devolved impact funds

The university currently holds several Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) that support a variety of different types of projects, from exploratory to proof-of-concept, to secondments to commercialisation projects amongst others. These include the MRC Confidence in Concept (UoB only), EPSRC IAA (UoB only), ESRC IAA (UoB only), ESRC NPIF ABC Industry Collaborations (UoB only) and STFC IAA (UoB only).

4. Create a pipeline of impact for REF 2028

Almost 75% of REF2021 case studies were supported by the team. Our most common contributions include shaping the earliest stages of a programme, securing funds, and offering training/mentoring. In the run-up to each REF the team can support individual case studies by acting as reviewers and offering advice on how to write and secure evidence.

5. Build Capacity for all the above

Our ambition is to create skills and bidding capacity for the activities above. We design our training with colleagues in Research Commercialisation, Public Engagement and PolicyBristol according to the needs of each research group or School.

Academic Colleagues

Get in touch with the Impact Development Team contact for your faculty if would like to discuss:

You can also have a look at our Impact Funding page to see what funding is currently available. 

Prospective Partners

Visit our Business and Partnerships pages to find out more about different ways to work with the University or contact a member of our team.



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