Aspect (A Social sciences Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation) is a network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research.
While the commercialisation pipeline for STEM research is well established, the benefits and profile of research commercialisation within the social sciences are less well known. Aspect seeks to redress this balance by connecting universities, businesses, academics and industry leaders to turn ideas into commercial solutions and solve pressing social challenges.
We aim to do this through a series of events and meetings to exchange of good practice; funded projects to test ideas and pilot new approaches’ and the development of toolkits (including case studies and resources) to share our insights and learnings with the broader community.
Aspect seeks to:
- Raise the profile and significance of commercialising social sciences research
- Build engagement between academics, business and industry
- Inspire and encourage social sciences commercialisation
- Grow capacity & expertise in social sciences research commercialisation
- Develop, share and exchange knowledge and good practice
Aspect aims to become a self sustaining permanent network beyond its initial 3-year funding. Network membership is now open. Find out more about how your organisation can join on our Get Involved page.
Find out more about the Aspect launch event here
Aspect is one of 14 projects funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. Aspect was launched in 2018 and received a £5 million funding award for the first three years of operation.
The Connecting Capability Fund supports universities working together with businesses and other partners, to commercialise research, share good practice and build capacity. The Fund is highlighted in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy with the aim to enhance the UK’s industrial competitiveness and productivity.
Aspect is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science, alongside ten other partners; The University of Bristol, Cardiff University, The University of Glasgow, The University of Manchester, The University of Oxford, The Royal College of Art, The University of Sheffield, The University of Sussex, The University of York & Zinc. Aspect is organised into Advisory, Steering and Operations groups, as well as Brokers and cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary Communities of Practice. Find out more about Aspect’s organisational structure here.