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EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Follow-on Fund

EPSRC has made an allocation to the University of Cambridge for the Impact Acceleration Account over a 3 year period. One of the aims of the fund is to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of EPSRC funded research. The University has elected to use part of this fund for a Follow-on Fund to help fund the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, to make the ideas more attractive for commercial investment. The fund is open to develop ideas which have arisen from EPSRC funded research, which may be either research grants or studentships.

Please find attached the Follow-on Fund call document which includes full information on the Fund and the Follow-on Fund application form.

Application process

An Expression of Interest for bids to be submitted to the fund, consisting of a one paragraph description of the project, should be submitted to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 8th September 2014. There will be no assessment at this stage. The purpose of the EoI stage is to identify likely number of applications and the thematic areas of applications. The applicants who do not submit an EoI won't be considered at the full selection stage.

The deadline for submission of the bids is 29th September 2014. Applications must be made on the attached application form and be submitted to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For advice on applications or to discuss any aspect of your application please contact Cambridge Enterprise – either your usual contact or, if you haven't worked previously with Cambridge Enterprise, then please contact enquiries@enterprise.cam.ac.uk.

The grants will be awarded as a result of competitive bids within the University, and we anticipate running three rounds of funding per year. The bids will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary selection panel consisting of academics with commercial experience nominated by the schools and industrial and investor representatives.