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.

New awards from the LSE Innovation Fund

Two LSE innovators have received new awards from the LSE Innovation Fund:

  • State of the States founded by Chris Gilson is a resource for information about local legal and political conditions in the United States
  • Care Quality Evaluation, founded by Michela Tinelli is a tool to help improve care quality for patients with chronic diseases.


NEW WEBINAR: Monday 18 January 2021, 3.00 - 4.30pm

Need advice on how you can use data? Hear our expert panel answer 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


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: