The University has established a Research and Impact Accelerator Programme (RIAP) to support the delivery of the University’s new Research and Innovation Strategy.

Supported by Research Wales Innovation Funding, the programme will be run by INSPIRE and has the following six strands:

  1. Research Development Awards
  2. Knowledge Exchange Awards
  3. International Collaboration Award (Taith co-financing)
  4. Conference Attendance Awards
  5. Researcher Development Fund
  6. Impact Ambassadors Scheme

Details of each strand, how to apply and deadlines can be downloaded in the RIAP funding guide and in the documents below.

Evaluation and scoring criteria for applications are available in the following document:


Research and Innovation Strategy.

All applications should be aligned to the UWTSD Research and Innovation Strategy, which is available on the UWTSD MyDay page here:  UWTSD Research and Innovation Strategy 2022-2027.pdf


 1. Research Development Awards

Research Development Awards are designed to provide flexible support for academic staff to develop high quality research funding applications. While the nature of the support provided will be considered on the merits of applications, the primary purpose of the funds will be to provide extended periods of research leave, typically three months’ full-time or pro-rata for part-time leave. 

To make an application please complete the following form.  

Application deadline:  Applications are open on a rolling basis and you may apply at any time. You are advised to discuss your application with the INSPIRE Research Development Division before applying. 

  • Dr Matt Briggs.  Head of Research Development. 
  • Dr. Laura Stowe-Evans.  Executive Staff Research Development Officer
  • Gareth Thomas.  Executive Research Development Officer.

 2. Knowledge Exchange Awards

Knowledge Exchange Awards are intended to support activities that strengthen the University’s relationships with strategic external partners, maximise the potential for research impact in any sector, and drive commercialisation prospects from University research. Funded through Research Wales Innovation Funding, the awards are a commitment by the University to support staff to initiate high-quality knowledge exchange, engagement and impact generation.

To make an application please complete the following form.  

Application deadline:  Applications are open on a rolling basis and you may apply at any time. You are advised to discuss your application with the INSPIRE Research Development Division before applying. 

  • Dr Matt Briggs.  Head of Research Development. 
  • Dr. Laura Stowe-Evans.  Executive Staff Research Development Officer
  • Gareth Thomas.  Executive Research Development Officer.

3. International Collaboration Award

The Welsh Government has launched the Taith scheme, which provides important support for developing international collaborative capacity in research and knowledge exchange. This includes improving staff research and professional skills and developing UWTSD’s international research partnerships and links. The International Collaboration Award is available to co-finance activity under Pathway 1, Research Mobility, which will support the physical outward and inward mobility of early career and established researchers.

4. Conference Attendance Awards

The purpose of Conference Attendance Awards is to develop the grant-readiness of the University’s research staff and to increase the number and quality of grant applications submitted. To meet these purposes, applications are invited from academic staff who are presenting a paper based on an ongoing programme of research.

To make an application please complete the following form.  

Application deadline:  Applications are open on a rolling basis and you may apply at any time. You are advised to discuss your application with the INSPIRE Research Development Division before applying. 

  • Dr Matt Briggs.  Head of Research Development. 
  • Dr. Laura Stowe-Evans.  Executive Staff Research Development Officer
  • Gareth Thomas.  Executive Research Development Officer.

5. Researcher Development Fund

  • Details will be announced shortly.

6. Impact Ambassadors Scheme

  • Details will be announced shortly.

For further information, please contact Dr Matt Briggs (INSPIRE):  m.briggs@uwtsd.ac.uk