One avenue of delivering impact from your research is to commercialise it, for instance through spin-out companies or licensing. However, the concept of commercialising social science research might seem alien to many, and examples of commercialisation in the social sciences are relatively rare.
In a 2016 ESRC-commissioned report exploring knowledge exchange in the social sciences, it was found that fewer than 1 in 50 respondents in the social sciences had ever commercialised their work via patents, licensing or spin-outs.
This section of the impact toolkit will provide insights into what scaling up impact through commercialisation might look like, and suggestions of further support.
- Why commercialise?
- Common myths about commercialisation
- How do I commercialise my research?
- Top tips for commercialising
- Social enterprise and social research - a natural pairing
- What support is available for commercialisation?
With thanks to the following contributors for their input to this guide:
- Dr Shanta Aphale-Coles, Business Engagement Manager, University of Manchester
- David Coombe, Director of LSE Research and Innovation
- Bruce Etherington, Impact Manager, Research and Innovation Services, Cardiff University
- Paul Harrod, CEO, Evidence to Impact
- Dr Mark Mann, Senior Licensing and Ventures Manager, Oxford University Innovation
- Gabriella Matouskova, Business Delivery Manager, CU Social Enterprise CIC, Coventry
- Gareth Mayhead, Commercialisation and Consultancy Manager, Bangor University
- Social Enterprise UK