Focused on creating a holistic innovation ecosystem, LSE Innovation (LSEi) has developed a framework of support activity and resources that leverages the expertise within LSE Research and Innovation and the LSE Alumni community to increase the School’s exposure to external stakeholders, including funders, and provide LSE academic researchers with an opportunity to explore, identify, test, and implement models for the delivery of sustainable impact at scale.
LSEi has identified a small but growing cluster of potential high impact projects capable of creating impact at scale that follow a “Measurement or Benchmarking” theme, usually of things that are very difficult to define and measure.
In some cases, ideas have involved large, complex, and often unstructured datasets and followed a data capture, evaluation, analysis, insight generation and presentation format. Other ideas have ranged from the development of new methodologies and processes to the curation of specialist databases that have applications in a wide and diverse range of areas such as the Economy, Health and Social Care, The Environment and Climate Change, and Policy and Democracy.
The LSE Innovation Challenge is a bi-annual call for LSE researchers to develop ideas based on their research to help meet the challenges faced by the world in a time of rapid change.
The intention is to connect the research development stage of a “fundable” research idea, to a marketable, impact generating, and tangible outcome or the “applied” stage of research.
All ideas are welcome and will be considered, in that each submission will receive the same support provided to potential new LSEi projects. In addition, shortlisted applications will be entered into the competition element of the challenge and be eligible for an intensive programme of support designed to accelerate the exploration of the commercial potential of their research.