Guidance & funding

Turning your research into a marketable product can be a time-consuming process and full of challenges. At LSE Innovation, we have a team of dedicated people to guide you through this process, offer funding where needed, or support you in opportunities outside of LSE.

Proof of concept funding

An important step of the commercialisation process is providing evidence, typically deriving from an experiment or pilot project, to demonstrate that your business idea is feasible. This is called a 'proof of concept'

LSE’s Seedcorn translational funding scheme is available to academics and research staff to support commercialisation initiatives and demonstrate proof of concept.



On Monday 18 January 2021 our expert panel answered questions such as:

  • How can I use this data?
  • What does "non-commercial use" mean here?
  • What are database rights?
  • What permissions do I need from my sources?
  • View the slides from the webinar here


Using Data in Innovative Projects Using Data in Innovative Projects
A webinar discussing the legal and ethical issues around using data in projects that move beyond pure academic research. Horatio Mortimer


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a UK-wide knowledge transfer programme, funded by Innovate UK, that has been running for over 40 years. It helps businesses innovate for growth by providing funding and structure for a unique three-way collaboration between world-class university experts, a qualified graduate and an industry partner.

A KTP is a partnership between a business and LSE, enabling the business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The project is undertaken by a qualified person, known as the Associate, who is recruited specifically for the project. KTP projects normally last between 2-3 years.

The expertise and world-leading research that resides within LSE will enable businesses to realise the unique benefits that a KTP offers. The academic partner in a KTP project works in collaboration with the industry partner to develop the project, provide academic input and recruit a suitable graduate, known as a KTP associate, to manage the project.

As an academic, taking part in a KTP project offers the opportunity to solve business problems, implement your knowledge in a commercial setting, and create business-relevant teaching, research and publishing opportunities. A KTP project creates on average more than three new research projects and two research papers for each project.

Deadline: Application deadline every few months.

Contact us: If you want to find out more or have a project that might be suitable, please contact Charlotte Rowan (

More information: Browse the KTP website or join our RISE session on ‘Innovation Funding Opportunities for Researchers’. Next session scheduled on 4th March, book here.

Structured guidance and training

We provide structured guidance and training through your assigned LSE Innovation colleague. We will guide you through the commercialisation process and introduce you to all available opportunities.

Aspect network

The LSE is one of seven UK universities leading the Aspect initiative, a social sciences platform for entrepreneurship, commercialisation and transformation that encourages collaboration between academics and businesses and helps to apply social sciences to private and social enterprise. The Aspect network can help you connect with like-minded partners at LSE and other leading UK universities to unlock wider social impact opportunities.

More information about the network as well as contact details can be found on the Aspect website: