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ESRC Impact Transition Awards

Apply now to advance and extend the impact of recently-completed PhD research

What are these awards for?

Many of our social science PGR students are doing research with the potential to make real social and economic impacts. From 2024, Newcastle University’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award will fund social science Impact Transition Awards every year to support the development of impact work in the post-submission period.

 The awards are to support a project working with a non-academic partner that will advance and extend the impact of recently-completed PhD research.

What can be funded?

Up to 4 months of stipend (UKRI rate at time of application), along with funding for activities. The maximum sum available for activities is £1500.

What information do you need from me and my impact partner?

Your application should set out feasible goals specifying how you plan to work with a named non-academic partner to develop an aspect of your social science PhD towards making a concrete policy, social or economic impact.

You should include with your application written confirmation from a non-academic partner that they will work with you over the period of the award to develop your ideas in a way that is relevant to them, as well as stating what commitment and capacity the partner will bring to the project.

The partner can be in the private, public or from the Vocational, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. Your partner does not have to provide financial or in-kind support for your project. You do not need to have a previous academic relationship with the partner. You may develop your application with a partner with whom you have previously undertaken a placement or conducted collaborative PhD research.

Advice and support

Questions about developing impact goals with a partner or building a programme of activities: Laura McKenzie, HASS Faculty Impact Officer:

 You can also discuss your project with your School or subject Postgraduate Research Director, Research Director or Impact Champion.

 Questions about the process of applying for the Impact Transition Award:


Contact us

If you have any queries about this process please contact