SHAPE Catalyst Application Webinar Recording

Rewatch our application webinar from 10 June 2024 to learn how to apply to the funded ARC Accelerate stage

Watch our webinar recording to find out more about how to apply to the ESRC/AHRC SHAPE Catalyst! Learn more about the updated application process for the funded ARC Accelerate stage and what we are looking for.

The programme runs until 2026 and is open to UK researchers from the social sciences, arts and humanities. It will support researchers within these disciplines to bring scalable and new products, processes, experiences and services to market.

Take a closer look at our slide deck from the application webinar here:

Key details from the Q&A

How does the time commitment during the ARC Accelerate stage correspond to the funding?
As we are asking for a minimum of 3 days per week commitment during ARC Accelerate, we expect the majority of the budget will go on salary costs for one or more people. Individuals and teams are both welcome, and we are happy to discuss options for part-time work or other issues.

Can the time commitment during ARC Accelerate be shared as a team? 
Yes, the required time commitment can be shared as a team. Please provide a justification and/or outline your reasoning for the split as part of your application.

What is the value of the Award during the ARC Accelerate stage?
Successful applicants will receive up to £62,500, with circa 80% fEC provided by ESRC, in line with its standard funding rules, to fund commercialisation activities.

What can the funding offered during the ARC Accelerate stage be used for?
Funding must be used for commercialisation activities, not further research. As well as salary costs to engage with the programme, this might include budget for market research or to develop a user interface for a product, for example.

Are you able to say how many places will be available as part of this funding scheme during the ARC Accelerate stage?
Between 2023-2026, we have a total of 75 places available for the funded ARC Accelerate stage. There is no fixed amount of places per cohort, so we are to some degree flexible with regards to the specific intake size per year.

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