• Transforming Society Through SHAPE Innovation

    Aspect is a growing network of organisations working together to support socially responsible innovation, entrepreneurship and research commercialisation in Social sciences, Humanities and Arts (SHAPE)


    Supported by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF), Aspect commenced Phase 1 in 2018 to provide specialist support for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research.

    Under the CCF follow-on funding from Research England and ESRC, commencing in October 2021 Aspect now incorporates the humanities and arts to support the full SHAPE spectrum active in universities in the UK and abroad, and continues to identify and disseminate good practice in these areas, building a global network of institutions committed to the betterment of society.

    Aspect members sit at the epicentre of discovery, imagination and progress in the social sciences, humanities and arts. We draw together pioneering academics with innovative industry leaders to tackle the most complex societal challenges of our time.

    Raising the profile of SHAPE research commercialisation

    Building engagement between academics, business and industry

    Inspiring and encouraging socially responsible innovation

    Developing and exchanging knowledge and good practice

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