Research Commercialisation

Research Commercialisation Community of Practice

Aspect is organised into cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary communities, designed to capture and share knowledge across five core areas of practice. The Research Commercialisation Community of Practice (CoP) seeks to share best practices, find opportunities for shared activities and identify and test new and experimental models for commercialising social sciences research.

To find out more, or to join the the Research Commercialisation CoP, please contact Morven Fraser-Walther

Who is involved?

The Research Commercialisation CoP is made up of volunteers drawn from the founding Aspect member institutions, who have some responsibility for leading on Research Commercialisation within their organisation, mainly representatives from TTOs. Current CoP members’ responsibilities, for example, include research commercialisation via licenses and spin-outs, engaging with local economic and in some cases social enterprise ecosystems and working with researchers to explore further pathways to impact either full time or as part of their existing role.

What do we do?

The Research Commercialisation CoP aims to provide its participants and the wider Aspect membership with a deeper and broader understanding of best practice and alternative approaches to each stage of the research commercialisation pipeline from stimulating ideas, assessing IP, managing software, building out a support ecosystem, finding funding and providing post-spinout or licence support where required. CoP members are encouraged to contribute by:   

  • Sharing knowledge and experience through a series of roadshows, targeting support personnel and academics
  • Creating shared resources or at a minimum best practice to help build out the support ecosystem for research commercialisation, particularly around finding investment and overcoming skills gaps such as software development
  • Co-creating usable learning assets such as a strawman model for commercialisation and an agreed generic model
  • Support for other events and activities to support research commercialisation such as investor days and competitions

This CoP is running the following projects:

Although we believe the more we can share across (and within) member institutions, the better, there are no obligations for Research Commercialisation CoP members to share content or cross-promote.

Resources View all

59 resources | Page 1 of 3

11 October 2021

Aspect Learning Gain Report 2021

Our annual summary of insights and learnings from across the Aspect programme

30 September 2021

Research Commercialisation Toolkits

A selection of tools to support and show the possibilities of research commercialisation.

27 September 2021

Aspect: Stimulating the pipeline workshop report

A report sharing outputs from a workshop series on stimulating the pipeline for social science research commercialisation.

7 June 2021

ARC Project profile: Teacher Selection Project

Robert Klassen provides an overview of his venture the Teacher Selection Project.

4 June 2021

ARC Project profile: EQUAL-Futures

Roberta Guerrina provides an overview of her venture EQUAL-Futures.

1 June 2021

ARC Project profile: Age of Love

Sharron Hinchliff provides an overview of her venture Age of Love.

28 May 2021

ARC Project profile: Culturalytics

Michael Muthukrishna provides an overview of his venture Culturalytics.

27 May 2021

ARC Project profile: Mawthuq

Tahir Zaman provides an overview of his venture Mawthuq.

10 May 2021

Social Business Model Innovation Report

Exploring how social science startups ideate and evolve their business models

6 April 2021

Social Science / Social Ventures

Which is what and what is the difference?

6 April 2021

ARC Accelerator: Class of 2021

Welcoming the Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator class of 2021

1 March 2021

Profit with purpose: The ASAP Impact Report

Highlights the key results and programme activities from the inaugural ASAP cohort.

25 February 2021

Webinar: Measuring the success of social science commercialisation

A panel of leading voices in social science commercialisation explore how its success can be measured.

21 December 2020

A bright new world of social science ventures

Chris Fellingham reflects on the inaugural SUCCESS cohort and looks ahead to the new ARC Accelerator

18 December 2020

2020 SUCCESS cohort profiles

Profiles of the 12 projects that took part in our inaugural cohort

18 December 2020

Commercialising social sciences based educational games

University of Manchester’s Gavin Davies gives an overview of this Aspect funded project

27 November 2020

Support for social science commercialisation within Cardiff University

This discussion explores, and aims to help academics navigate, the commercialisation landscape

18 November 2020

Green shoots emerge to commercialise social sciences

Julia Black outlines Aspect’s work in this area and flags our recently published 2020 Learning Report

17 November 2020

SUCCESS Programme – 2020 cohort winners announced

Find out which projects won awards at the pitch day

28 October 2020

Aspect Learning Report 2020

Our annual summary of insights and learnings from across the Aspect programme

Page 1 of 3


Identifying entrepreneurship opportunities and sharing knowledge and expertise


Business Engagement

Building a shared network of business partnerships and industry engagement

Business Engagement


Raising the profile of social sciences, arts and humanities research commercialisation and supporting communication and network engagement


Research Commercialisation

Sharing best practices and identifying new and experimental models

Research Commercialisation

Academic Champions

Coming soon

Academic Champions