1. Project proposals must align to the ESRC’s disciplinary remit (see Appendix 2)
  2. Applications are invited from any researcher active in the social sciences who at the point of application, hold a current contract of employment at the University of Leeds which will last the duration of the proposed activity for which IAA funding is applied for.
  3. Early career researchers (ECRs) who have an employment contract as described above are eligible to apply for funding from the IAA. PhD students are only eligible to apply for PGR Placement Scheme.
  4. Applications must be led by a named Principal Investigator (PI) within the University, and projects are expected to identify external partners as co-applicants (with named responsible individuals). ‘In kind’ or cash contributions are expected from the external partners where relevant. This may include the time commitments of named external co-applicants. PIs are encourage to provide approximate costings and value of such co-funding and a letter of support from the external partner(s) that itemises all such contributions.
  5. Other Universities can also be co-applicants to IAA bids but alone do not constitute external partners for the purpose of the IAA. We would expect co-funding from other HE institutions where they are involved in any application; this may take the form of co-funding with another IAA where relevant.
  6. Awards are not for the continuation of existing research, bridge-funding nor to keep research officers/assistants employed beyond the term of their contracts. Applications should focus on the development of impact activities and outputs not research itself (see s.4 below). Applications which read like research grant proposals redrafted for the IAA are unlikely to be successful. Applications should clearly define the development of prior findings and ideas towards impact. Careful thought should be given to the kinds of impacts that are intended, how these might be realised and who the key beneficiaries are expected to be. All applications will need well-considered ‘follow on’ plans as to longer-term developments beyond the funding period.
  7. Existing ESRC (and UKRI) grant holders are able to apply to the IAA, however, it in is not anticipated that the fund will support project specific activities which would normally be included in Pathways to Impact, unless good reasons are provided as to the emergence of new impact-related opportunities which might not have been easily identified at the time the original ESRC (or other UKRI) grant application was made.
  8. Projects should have the potential to deliver economic, cultural and /or societal benefit to organisations or citizens outside academia.