University of East Anglia NERC Impact Acceleration Account Phase 2

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Research & Enterprise Services

Abstract

UEA will implement a strategic approach to generating impact from NERC funded research building on the combined strengths of UEA NERC funded projects, identified end user needs and NERC policy objectives. This will be achieved through the identification, mapping on to end user requirements, and launching Impact Clusters. 70% of the funding will be allocated to this stream of activity. The first potential cluster will focus on linking aspects of research relevant to water including its use, supply, management and effect on environments. This is an area of strength for UEA, builds on existing initiatives, is a close fit with NERC policy and objectives and is a major challenge both internationally and in the East of England. The outputs will include reports relevant to end users, a symposium to include researchers and end users and the creation of new links with end-users. End users are anticipated to include both businesses, policy makers and regulatory authorities. Funding will also be allocated to identify further potential clusters that could be developed in a similar fashion.

Resource will also be allocated to responsive mode applications for individual projects with clear plans to develop impact. 30% of the funding will be allocated to this stream of the activity that will build on the Phase I of the NERC IAA. This will be aimed at pump priming projects that will be able to take advantage of further funding streams available on the Norwich Research Park, including a new translational fund with a remit of supporting impact from all research disciplines.

Publications

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Title Calendars (STREVA awareness raising in Ecuador) 
Description 1300 calendars featuring pictures of the volcano drawn by local children were printed and distributed to local communities, risk managers and collaborators in Ecuador. 170 were sent to UK policy makers, programme leaders and collaborators. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The calendars acted as a symbol for the value the STREVA project (supported by the NERC IAA) placed on collaboration as evidenced by research interviews in early 2014. 
URL http://streva.ac.uk/our-outputs/outreach/volcano-art-workshops
 
Title Storm Surge 3D Infographic 
Description In its inaugural year the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network, partnered with local creative industries to overcome the language and technical barriers in marine research communication. The philosophy behind this approach was to start to build capacity within the creative industries sector to understand the language of marine science to be able to better assist the communications essential for the realisation of long term impact around research outputs. This successful and mutually beneficial collaboration has resulted in the production of a series of infographics spanning various research, technology and local policy projects, such as the impacts of the 2013 Storm Surge on the Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The Storm Surge Infographic has been on public display at UEA and was taken "on tour" to stakeholder groups. It both communicates the impacts of the 2013 surges on the Norfolk coastline to a wide audience and demonstrates alternative science communication methods. 
 
Title The Bid for Clean Water (short film, 2014) 
Description A short film about water catchment research illustrating the financial and operational impact on South West Water, West Country Rivers Trust and Mr Rowe, one of the farmers. Filmed on location in Cornwall (February 2014). The film will be distributed to UK Water Companies, the EA, practitioners and via VNN, ESKTN, UK WRIP and will be available online. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Potential to contribute to financial benefit for water companies, farmers and environmental benefits. Ongoing activities with emerging impact. 
URL http://www.lwec.org.uk/video/bid-clean-water
 
Description Work funded through the NERC IAA has engaged a wide range of academics, and the Research Council, to understand their shared objectives leading to positive outcomes.
Funding can be awarded quickly and in areas that the University is strategically building its impact activity. Relationships can be built with other organisations to not only support impact generation but also to feed into strategic collaborations.
It has catalysed new collaborations and strategic alliances, and assisted in engaging an increasing number of academics.
Exploitation Route The projects supported by this IAA are adapting methods appropriate to their fields and stage of development to ensure engagement and uptake of findings by relevant beneficiaries.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Energy,Environment,Other

 
Description Further funding for Agri-Environment Auction Schemes
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID LM0105 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Further funding for creation of project film
Amount £5,900 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Department Living with Environmental Change
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2013 
End 07/2014
 
Description Improved Air-Sea-Ice interactions in weather and climate models partnership 
Organisation European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting ECMWF
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Combining knowledge and identifying additional collaborators. Collaboration on NERC-funded ACCACIA project.
Collaborator Contribution Input from industrial perspective
Impact None yet - emerging activity
Start Year 2013
 
Description Improved Air-Sea-Ice interactions in weather and climate models partnership 
Organisation Meteorological Office UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Combining knowledge and identifying additional collaborators. Collaboration on NERC-funded ACCACIA project.
Collaborator Contribution Input from industrial perspective
Impact None yet - emerging activity
Start Year 2013
 
Description Improving created saltmarshes partnership 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The team at UEA has overseen the propagation of a large number of plants to enhance the protected sites (as indicated by earlier research carried out at UEA funded by NERC).
Collaborator Contribution Provision of experimental sites
Impact Ongoing activity
Start Year 2013
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation Blue Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation Centre For Environment, Fisheries And Aquaculture Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation Mead Johnson Nutrition
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation Norfolk Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) 
Organisation North Sea Marine Cluster (NSMC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution MKEN was funded by the NERC IAA to adopt and adapt a networking model to join up local and regional business networks and regional and national start-up companies to develop opportunities and develop impact from research. The UEA team leading MKEM activities have instigated these activities and developing new relationships.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners are key to the realisation of impact from NERC funded marine research at UEA.
Impact Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day (July 2014) Storm Surge Infographic display Engagement with EU and LEP officials MKEN Dig Data Event MKEN Futures Event Blakeney Storm Surge Event
Start Year 2014
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Bristol Water plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Northumbrian Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Severn Trent Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation South West Water Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Thames Water Utilities Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation United Utilities Group PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Wessex Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Westcountry Rivers Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description Payments for Ecosystems Services and UK Water Companies Partnership 
Organisation Yorkshire Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has pulled together this collaboration group to further the potential impact arising from research undertaken at the University
Collaborator Contribution Engagement with the project team has facilitated a better understanding of industry needs and interests and therefore increased the potential for the research outcomes to influence their operations.
Impact Two talks at practitioner meetings Short film
Start Year 2013
 
Description STEVA Partnerships 
Organisation British Geological Survey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collating information from wide range of sources, facilitating new relationships between partners and civil society
Collaborator Contribution Strengthening partnerships, facilitating interactions and promoting collaboration
Impact Multiple outputs have arisen from the research of the STREVA group which are listed elsewhere. The outcomes of this particular NERC IAA award include workshops, meetings and the production of calendars. The whole STREVA project and this collaboration is interdisciplinary combining both natural and social sciences.
Start Year 2013
 
Description STEVA Partnerships 
Organisation Montserrat Volcano Observatory
Country Montserrat 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collating information from wide range of sources, facilitating new relationships between partners and civil society
Collaborator Contribution Strengthening partnerships, facilitating interactions and promoting collaboration
Impact Multiple outputs have arisen from the research of the STREVA group which are listed elsewhere. The outcomes of this particular NERC IAA award include workshops, meetings and the production of calendars. The whole STREVA project and this collaboration is interdisciplinary combining both natural and social sciences.
Start Year 2013
 
Description STEVA Partnerships 
Organisation National Emergency Management Agency (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collating information from wide range of sources, facilitating new relationships between partners and civil society
Collaborator Contribution Strengthening partnerships, facilitating interactions and promoting collaboration
Impact Multiple outputs have arisen from the research of the STREVA group which are listed elsewhere. The outcomes of this particular NERC IAA award include workshops, meetings and the production of calendars. The whole STREVA project and this collaboration is interdisciplinary combining both natural and social sciences.
Start Year 2013
 
Description STEVA Partnerships 
Organisation The Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador (IG-EPN)
Country Ecuador 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collating information from wide range of sources, facilitating new relationships between partners and civil society
Collaborator Contribution Strengthening partnerships, facilitating interactions and promoting collaboration
Impact Multiple outputs have arisen from the research of the STREVA group which are listed elsewhere. The outcomes of this particular NERC IAA award include workshops, meetings and the production of calendars. The whole STREVA project and this collaboration is interdisciplinary combining both natural and social sciences.
Start Year 2013
 
Description STEVA Partnerships 
Organisation University of West Indies
Country Jamaica 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collating information from wide range of sources, facilitating new relationships between partners and civil society
Collaborator Contribution Strengthening partnerships, facilitating interactions and promoting collaboration
Impact Multiple outputs have arisen from the research of the STREVA group which are listed elsewhere. The outcomes of this particular NERC IAA award include workshops, meetings and the production of calendars. The whole STREVA project and this collaboration is interdisciplinary combining both natural and social sciences.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Sea Breeze systems and Offshore Wind Energy Production Partnership 
Organisation OST Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Data and research intellegence
Collaborator Contribution Advice provided concerning industrial insights on the best way to present data and knowledge to support investment decision making
Impact Industry-facing poster and conference exhibition presentation
Start Year 2013
 
Description Synthetic Biology Tools to Manipulate Antibiotic Production Partnership 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research outcomes
Collaborator Contribution PhD studentship co-supervision (Procarta Biosystems) and experimental work (JIC)
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2013
 
Description Synthetic Biology Tools to Manipulate Antibiotic Production Partnership 
Organisation Procarta Biosystems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research outcomes
Collaborator Contribution PhD studentship co-supervision (Procarta Biosystems) and experimental work (JIC)
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2013
 
Description Blakeney Storm Surge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Building on previous NERC-funded research the event brought findings to this stakeholder group for further discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Cefas-Defra Marine Evidence Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event hosted at UEA and featured collaborative research involving UEA NERC projects and Cefas. Results from the projects are being followed up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description European Wind Energy Association Conference & Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The IAA funds enabled an industry-facing poster to be produced which was displayed in the conference exhibition. This raised awareness of the commercial significance of the results of the research to the attention of the offshore wind energy industry.

Industry contacts made and potential future collaborators identified.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ewea.org/annual2014/
 
Description MKEN Big Data Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This event brought bringing together delegates to discuss open source and large data resources and their potential future uses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description MKEN Futures Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The future of marine science collaboration was discussed. MKEN aimed to provide a platform for innovative, collaborative solutions to policy, environmental and commercial needs once again combining delegates from all walks of life. Three parallel sessions were run, covering 'Observational Technology & Surveillance', 'Coastal & Marine Risk' and 'Ecosystem Services & Ocean Processes'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Practitioner Meeting (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Training Workshop, Trim, Ireland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Increased awareness and understanding of incentivisation of farm management measures in sensitive water catchment areas using an auction technique

Prompted interest in developing the technique for use in other areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Practitioner Meeting (Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation raised awareness and sparked interest in further involvement

Contacts made with water companies for continued engagement in the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas - Forensic Workshop (St Vincent) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The focus groups each identified the most important elements of volcanic risk based on the group discussions.

The risk ranking exercise showed that overall for saving lives, hazard awareness and good community responses were considered by the group to be the most important aspects of risk, while for livelihoods, good rehousing and infrastructure were considered to be most important.

There was much enthusiasm from participants for scenario planning exercises
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://streva.ac.uk/what-we-do/forensic-workshops/st-vincent