The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) funding through an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to support Leeds researchers in the social sciences to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic beneficiaries and to foster non-academic stakeholder engagement. The IAA will support a comprehensive portfolio of activities and resources across the social science community which will maximise the potential for impact of social science research and contribute to economic and societal development regionally, nationally and internationally.
The ESRC award is worth £1.3m in total and runs from 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2023.
The ESRC IAA will allow us to build on the successful University funded IAA that the LSSI has coordinated since 2015.
The objectives of the IAA are:
- To embed training and development opportunities and build capacity in impact-related skills and understanding.
- To coordinate and maximise support for social science impact activity to provide responsive, flexible funding for innovative social science impact projects, and allow researchers at all stages of career development to connect to external partners through KE and secondment opportunities.
- To build new and enhanced relations with partners in the industrial and business sectors and to diversify and strengthen relations with organisations in the third sector at regional, national and international levels.
- To embed the social science IAA within wider interdisciplinary institutional impact activities and programmes, including those aligned to EPSRC/NERC, the University Themes/Platforms and NEXUS Building.