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Durham University

Research & business

£1.3m to connect research with society

(5 February 2019)

Durham will receive £1.3m over the next four years to continue our world-leading social science research.

The funding, from the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA), will help our social scientists collaborate with businesses, policy makers and communities to create research opportunities which positively impact society and the economy.

Durham will receive £325,000 each year over a four-year period. The value of the fund makes it one of the highest ESRC IAA awards in the country. 

Since 2014, around 100 projects across the university have received ESRC IAA funding, with many of them bringing societal and economic benefits.


ESRC-funded projects have taken place with voluntary, charity and social enterprise sectors, as well as with parliament and local government.

We have carried out ESRC-funded research on infant sleep which has led to a baby sleep information source for parents and health practitioners.

Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre won the Queen’s Anniversary prize for higher education – the highest accolade for any academic institution.

Research on ethical leadership in policing has led to a collaborative project across 35 UK police forces to look at the impact of workplace factors like leadership and fairness on wellbeing.

The next round of ESRC IAA funding will enable us to further our research impact on everyday lives, helping to change society for the better.

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