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Impact Accelerator Award - Confidence in Concept Fund

This funding will support investigators to undertake further scientific and technical development of an idea that is close to translation in order to establish the scientific and/or commercial potential.

The aim of the funding is to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects. 

Development of academic-industrial collaborations is also encouraged.

Current Call

Funding Available:   Projects should be £50k-£120k

Duration:  Projects must be no longer than 12 months in duration, with a strict finish date of 31st March 2025.


Applications are accepted from:

  • Newcastle University researchers and academics (including NHS staff with honorary University contracts)
  • basic scientists
  • clinician scientists


Applications relevant to any area of translational research are considered.   Projects deemed to have the greatest potential for near-term impact and the ability to attract additional investment will be given priority. It is desirable that projects also include plans to create/develop new interactions aimed at forming partnerships for future translational funding opportunities.  Where appropriate, partnerships with industry are beneficial. 

The award will not fund:

  • entire translational projects
  • administration costs
  • industrial partner costs
  • staff between posts/funding or PhD studentships (bridging)
  • continuation of normal research grants
  • costs related to the protection of IP
  • staff exchange into a Newcastle University spin-out company 

Application Process

Please read the IAA CiC guidance 2023

Intension to Submit (ITS)

All applicants must initially submit a 1-page ‘intention to submit’ (ITS) form: IAA CiC ITS 2023

Full application forms will be released upon receipt of ITS.

Full Application

The application form for full stage applications will be provided upon receipt of the completed ITS form.

Deadline for receipt of full applications January 14th 2024.   (due to the strict timescale for project completion,  applications received after this date will not be eligible for funding).

Each application will be reviewed by members selected from an Expert Panel (clinician scientist / non-clinician scientist / industry representative) before final review by the Full Panel, which includes experts in methodology, clinical governance, clinical trial design and delivery and statistics.

Applicants will be notified in the week beginning February 5th 2024.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed on scientific grounds, with the potential to convert the project to downstream translational research grants a key consideration. The criteria are adopted from the MRC’s guidance and include:

  • quality (methodology, innovation, leadership, collaboration),
  • impact (scientific question, knowledge gap, health and/or socioeconomic impact, resource of value to many disciplines),
  • productivity (likelihood of delivery, use of resources).

Projects should be no more than 12 months in duration and must be completed by 31st March 2025 (extensions beyond this date will not be permitted).

If you have any questions please email

Project Management

We will arrange a project set-up meeting for funded projects to review the stated aims, methodology and its milestones. It will confirm the funding and budget set-up requirements.

Progress reporting

Regular meetings will ensure effective monitoring of research progress. The allocated translational development manager will help develop follow-on funding applications.

Outcome reporting

Project end

There is a requirement to submit a short report once the project is complete. The business and translational development teams will advise with ongoing support. They will build external collaborations and develop follow-on funding applications.

Annual report

UKRI collect information on the benefit of IAA-CiC funding through an annual report filed by the university which monitors onward outcomes from all CiC funded projects.  PIs will be required to provide update information each year on the following metrics:

  • follow-on funding applications (submitted/awarded)
  • publications
  • patents (applications/published)
  • impact activities
  • industry collaborations
  • spin-out companies related to the project
  • staff trained and supported

We also use the report for the University’s renewal application for Confidence in Concept funding.