Innovation & Enterprise


EPSRC IAA 2017–20: Discovery-to-use funding

Find out about UCL’s EPSRC IAA (Impact Acceleration Accounts) 'discovery-to-use' funding for engineering and the physical sciences, and how to apply for it.

Call for proposals

£10,000 to £100,000 of funding is available for 3 to 18 months’ duration.

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13 August 201816 September 201822 October 2018KEI2018-04 EPSRC IAA D2U Application – PI_Full_Name
24 September 201817 October 201826 November 2018KEI2018-05 EPSRC IAA D2U Application – PI_Full_Name
29 October 201821 November 201821 January 2019KEI2018-06 EPSRC IAA D2U Application – PI_Full_Name

There will be further calls for proposals in 2019.

Applications of less than £15,000 can be considered between calls.

Application forms and guidance notes have been updated. Make sure you use the latest versions below.


The aim of this funding is to progress UCL research discoveries in engineering and the physical sciences towards 'real-world' use and benefit, in collaboration with an industry partner. Projects should demonstrate measurable impact to all partners and should attract a contribution from the external partner.

The call for proposals is open to applicants from all UCL academic and professional service departments. Applications are encouraged from all subject disciplines with a link to the EPSRC portfolio.

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Proposal criteria

Before applying, you must read the guidance document (pdf), which contains details on eligibility, what you need to provide with your application, and how to fill in the application form.

Your proposal should:

  • have a clear knowledge exchange focus
  • have links to the EPSRC portfolio (you'll need to provide research grant number(s))
  • demonstrate measurable impact to all partners
  • involve partner organisations which are non-academic institutions in the relevant industry, based in the UK, and provide a cash or in-kind contribution to the project

£10,000 to £100,000 is available for projects of up to 18 months’ duration, ending no later than February 2020.

Assessment of proposals

Proposals will be assessed on the strength of the application and its fit with the UCL Innovation & Enterprise Strategic Plan 2016-21 and UCL Strategy 2034.

Awards will be assessed initially by UCL Innovation & Enterprise staff. Any applications exceeding a threshold of £15,000 will be reviewed by at least three members of the UCL community and the Innovation and Enterprise Funding Committee, who'll make recommendations to the Vice-Provost (Enterprise). The decision to award, suggest resubmission, or to decline will then rest with the Vice-Provost (Enterprise).

Committee meetings will normally take place 4 to 5 weeks after the closing date, just prior to the earliest start date of the award. The applicant(s) will be notified of the decision and any further steps to be taken within three working days following the committee meeting.

Information on timelines for applications below £15,000 is provided in the guidance document (pdf).

How to apply / forms

Before completing your application, read all the information about the funding call on this page, as well as the guidance document. Applications that don't include the necessary documentation, as described in the guidance, won't be considered.

Send your completed application form and required documentation to knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk. Please use the corresponding submission subject line as your email subject heading.

Only complete applications submitted by the funding call closing dates will be considered for funding. This doesn't apply to applications of less than £15,000.


For further information and guidance please contact: knowledge.exchange@ucl.ac.uk