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Durham University

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

Postgraduate Researchers

What are the benefits?

Research IN Business offers social science researchers an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and gain first-hand experience in working with a business. Whether your career plans are to remain in academia, or work in the public, private or third sector, this first-hand experience of working with an external organisation can be of significant benefit to your personal and professional development.

Over the duration of Research IN Business, participants will develop a range of transferable skills including, but not limited to:

  • Knowledge exchange with business
  • Collaborative, cross-sector experience
  • Interdisciplinary team working
  • Working with research users in non-academic environments
  • Use academic research skills to create positive real-world impact
  • Communicating complex ideas and data to external audiences
  • Develop network of contacts within the business and other NINE DTP institutions

How can I get involved?

Project Lead, Dr Derek Watson, will host a virtual information session on Tuesday 13th April from 10-11am to discuss the scheme in further detail and answer questions.

Information session

Date: Tuesday 13th April

Time: 10-11am

Location: Teams

To sign-up to the information session or submit your interest in the Research IN Business programme, please email Charlotte Kerr, Impact Programme Manager (Business Engagement), Durham University on:

What are the requirements?

Applicants must be able to commit an average of 4 to 5 hours a week for the duration of the programme and have permission from their supervisor and funder (if appropriate).

Throughout the programme, participants will be expected to stay in regular contact with their project group and mentors, attend meetings, and complete weekly progress logs with their academic mentor. At the end of the programme each project group will submit a report and pitch their proposal to their business challenge provider.

Who is eligible to apply?

Research IN Business is funded by the ESRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Accelerating Business Collaboration account for the NINE DTP network. The programme is open to all researchers* who considers themselves to be at least 51% a social scientist across all institutions in the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP). Institutions in the NINE DTP network include Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Queen’s Belfast, Sunderland, Teesside and Ulster universities.

*Eligibility to participate in this programme may be restricted for EU and international students, based on their visa limitations. Participants may also need permission from their funders to participate in this programme. Please provide as much information as possible on the application form so that we can investigate your eligibility to participate.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place on the programme please complete and return an application form to Impact Programme Manager at Durham University, Charlotte Kerr, via email to: by Friday 30th April 2021.

Applications will be shared with Project Lead Dr Derek Watson for review. Suitable applicants will be invited to a short informal meeting (15-30 minutes) to discuss the programme in more detail and align business projects and teams.

Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by Wednesday 12th May 2021.