Aspect Angels is a project of the Aspect
(A SHAPE Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation) is a growing network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SHAPE) research.
Aspect was launched in 2018 and received a £5 million funding award from Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund
for the first three years of operation. In 2021 Aspect received follow on funding of £2.4 million to mobilise the learnings from the first three years of the programme by expanding the membership, creating further additional good practice in social sciences, arts and humanities (SHAPE) commercialisation, capturing that practice and embedding it across the HEI community.
In addition to working with the 46 (and growing) member organisations of Aspect, Aspect Angels collaborates with the SHAPE Catalyst
launched in 2023 in partnership with the Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator
, the Economic Research Council (ESRC)
and the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
. With £4m million funding over the next 3 years, the Catalyst will work with 75 teams or individuals (25 per year) to develop their social science, arts and humanities-based research insights into scalable products, processes, service or experience innovations with specialist training and awards of up to £50,000 each. Aspect Angels have a first-to-market opportunity to invest in these ventures where it is needed.