The aim of the Innovation Fellowship Programme is to support academic-led culture change. In the current research funding climate, innovation is becoming an increasingly important component of research activity. By funding a cohort of Fellows whose main objectives are to a) advocate for innovation, and b) provide us with academic input and leadership for new initiatives, we hope to create a step-change in innovation activities in the social sciences, making it easier for researchers to engage in innovation and to make it a more valued part of research. This is a great opportunity for someone to get involved at this stage of our journey, especially those keen to develop leadership, change management and advocacy skills.
Proposals are therefore sought from researchers to lead, support, and facilitate culture change within their departments; with the aspiration that innovation becomes an increasingly valued and recognised activity for social sciences researchers to undertake.
Innovation Fellows will receive an award of £5k to use for their research, impact or engagement activity which must be spent by 30th June 2021.
Fellows must already be employed by a department of the University and will be expected to report briefly how the award money has been used at the end of the Fellowship. Fellows will be expected to organise and/or lead a programme of activities, as well as participate in an Innovation Advisory group and act as ambassadors and advocates for innovation within the University and externally.
To enable this programme of activities, the Fellows will have access to an events’ budget to help them run their choice of events, workshops and training to support their goal of developing the innovation ecosystem as well as administrative support from the division to assist with event management.
This programme is funded as part of the ASPECT network, a joint programme to transform society through Social Science innovation consisting of a partnership between LSE, University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, Sussex University, Glasgow University and the University of Oxford. As such, Fellows will also be expected to attend some ASPECT events.
We are looking for Fellows to take on the following responsibilities:
- Advocate for innovation, research commercialisation, business engagement and/ or entrepreneurship at the department and divisional level, soliciting views and opinions from the wider research community. This may also mean acting as a spokesperson at divisional groups and committees
- Liaise and network with others with an interest in innovation in departments, other divisions and beyond the University
- Participate in a Social Sciences Innovation Advisory Group
- Work with the divisional Research, Impact and Engagement team to develop material explaining the value proposition around social sciences for businesses