The Institute for Fiscal Studies has been awarded an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from the Economic and Social Research Council. Funding will be provided over four years, starting in the Summer 2014.
IAAs are block awards made to Research Organisations to accelerate the impact of research. They also allow Research Organisations to respond to knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways than centrally administered schemes.
The IAAs funding are being used flexibly and rapidly to support the following key areas:
This initiative provides us with a welcome opportunity to extend and formalise our impact activities and to greatly improve the way in which we communicate, engage and co-operate with key stakeholder communities.
As a small and entirely project funded organisation we often do not have the resource to pursue impact after projects are complete or on a reactive basis, and breaking into new areas can be very difficult. The IAA will allow us to pursue impact in some areas where we have not had the resource to invest in the past – notably the corporate sector and local government – as well as allowing us to invest in ensuring our staff are equipped to maximise impact, and to make more use of previous research and accumulated knowledge in pursuing impact.
We very much welcome the chance to build upon existing activities and to identify and respond flexibly to new impact opportunities.
The IAA management team will work closely with the IAA Steering Group, with IFS researchers at all career stages and with other Research Organisations with IAA’s to ensure that this award is used to maximum effect.