Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator: Turning social sciences research ideas into business
Are you a social scientist with innovative research ideas that could be developed into a business or social enterprise? The Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator (formerly known as SUCCESS) is specifically designed to help social science researchers employed by the University of Oxford to develop ideas, backed by university research, into a business or social venture. The programme, which provides entrepreneurial skills training and the chance to compete to win £50,000 to support your proposed venture, is open to applications from social sciences researchers across Oxford and its Aspect partners.
Deadline: 4 December 2021
Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator: guidance and how to apply
Business Engagement Seed Fund
This scheme is a really flexible fund, designed for those who are starting to think about collaborating with businesses. Small amounts of funding (up to £2,500, but if you need more please speak to us) are available to support colleagues to build mutually beneficial partnerships with external stakeholders (such as businesses, industry bodies, and not-for-profit organisations) in meaningful and productive two-way discussions. For example, it could fund some crucial preparatory work, facilitate discussions and meetings, support development of collaborative projects, or pilot a new idea. Funding covers direct costs and can typically include RA time, travel and subsistence, costs for online activity, external consultancy (e.g. for IT, comms, design etc.). These grants are intended as a first step in developing new collaborations that will, in turn, open up opportunities for new projects.
Deadline: look out for a new call opening in autumn 2021
Business Engagement Seed Fund guidance and how to apply
Social Science Innovation Fellowships
New in 2020/21, the Innovation Fellowship Programme is a first of its kind opportunity to encourage innovation across Social Science at the University of Oxford in the areas of research commercialisation, business engagement and entrepreneurship. The aim is to support academic-led culture change, with Innovation Fellows acting as advocates for innovation, helping to develop an inclusive, supportive culture of innovation among social sciences researchers.
Deadline: look out for more information in autumn 2021
Social Science Innovation Fellowships guidance and how to apply
The IAA 2 is organised as a stage-gated programme. Within this programme there are four Stages at which awards are offered, providing for knowledge exchange activities at different levels of development.
Projects supported by the IAA might start at a small scale, or at a very early point, for example, funding for initial conversations with partners. Award Stages 1-4 will support the project as it grows, through piloting to carrying out a fully developed impact project (if agreed outcomes are well met and appropriate continuation activity is planned, as judged by the IAA Review Panel). However, projects may come to the fund at any point in their development and enter the programme at any Stage.
Application deadline: See full guidance at the link below
More information about the ESRC IAA