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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account provides flexible funding options designed to enhance the impact of Cambridge social science research.

The Impact Acceleration Account supports:

  1. Activities to broaden the experience of engagement with business, NGOs and the public and third sectors. This can cover deepening and strengthening relationships with existing contacts as well as establishing new contacts.

  2. Engagement with public, private and third sector organisations through secondments.

  3. Development and promotion of new engagement methods to help promote best practice across social science knowledge areas.

  4. Short projects to define routes to impact, liaising with partners and finding the resources to enhance impact activities.

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding round is now open.  For full details please see the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.  Please note that the projects must be completed by 31st March 2019.

Projects ranging in value from £10,000 to £20,000 will be supported. Projects should be completed within 12 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are shorter. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome. No primary research will be eligible under this funding.

To take part in this internal selection process please submit your application form and a support letter from the Department that will host the project to 5pm on the 5th February 2018. 


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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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