Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the new Stirling Social Sciences Impact Accelerator Account
We are delighted to have landed one of these very competitive awards. The ESRC IAA will extend and develop our expertise in policy and practitioner-related impact generation through an ambitious programme of capacity building, training and expertise sharing.
Professor McGhee added: “This will include enhanced opportunities for commercialising our research and facilitating ecosystem approaches for developing collaborative innovations with cross-sector stakeholders. Through this ESRC IAA we will be proactive curators of the trajectories of the next generation of research, impact and knowledge exchange leaders at Stirling.”
The University of Stirling is one of 32 in the UK each receiving £1.25 million from an overall £40 million pot of funding for social, economic and behavioural science impact activities.
UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord, who paid a recent visit to the University of Stirling to learn of its pioneering work in ageing and dementia, said: “It’s great to see that four of Scotland’s outstanding research institutions are among organisations UK-wide benefiting from this funding.
“It’s essential that academic social and economic research is translated into real world, tangible benefits. These awards will help our universities to unlock the full impact of their research, including by working with partners to apply social sciences knowledge to address practical challenges in society.”
Professor Alison Park, Interim Executive Chair of the ESRC, the UK’S largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues, said: “The social, behavioural and economic research we fund helps us understand how we live and how society functions, throwing new light on how best to tackle our most pressing challenges. This investment creates a network of research organisations with dedicated funding to support and accelerate the impact of this research.
“We have already seen the benefits of previous rounds of IAA funding, which have leveraged an extra £52 million from partners ranging from local government to private business. This new cohort of 32 research organisations in receipt of IAA funding is the largest and most diverse group ESRC has funded. I look forward to seeing how these investments maximise the impact of social science research.”