SOAS Impact Acceleration Account
SOAS has successfully secured a 5-year, £1.25 million Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from 2023-2028, to develop impact in the areas of migration, displacement, minorities and marginalisation.
Co-managed by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Directorate, the IAA will contribute to raising the profile and achieving greater impact for SOAS research in these thematic areas.
SOAS IAA's key components
SOAS IAA models new approaches to impact, innovation and commercialisation by utilising a thematic research portfolio to work across disciplines and across sectors.
Key component of the SOAS IAA's activities include:
- Global thematic roundtables that foster knowledge exchange between SOAS academics, policy makers, social activists and migration practitioners
- Development of an Open Online Shared Learning and Collaboration space for continuous sharing of information, resources and cross-network collaboration
- An annual mobility programme of short-term, high impact knowledge exchange fellowships
- Rapid response and strategic grants of £2,500 to £10,000 that support co-production of knowledge and impact-oriented outputs
SOAS researchers will also be gaining expertise in knowledge exchange practices and approaches through partner-led capacity building, and will have the opportunity of showcasing their research and engage the public during the annual ESRC Festival of Social Science.