TTO/Professional & Support Staff Webinar Recording

Watch our webinar from 4 September 2023 to learn more about the SHAPE Catalyst requirements and how to best support applicants from your organisation.

Rewatch our webinar to find out more about the role that Technology Transfer Officers or your organisation’s equivalent (e.g., Innovation or Knowledge Exchange Officers)/Professional & Support Staff play as part of the SHAPE Catalyst programme.

In this session, we discuss the level of TTO involvement (e.g., time commitment) and how to best support applicants from your organisation. We also provide you with training materials and helpful resources to ensure you are in a great position to support your organisation’s SHAPE researchers on their commercialisation journey.

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

Key details from the Q&A

What is the value of the Award during ARC Accelerate?
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.

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.

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 welcomed, and we are happy to discuss options for part time working or other issues.

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.

I’m part of a team, can they attend?
We positively encourage teams, although we ask for one of them to be the lead person for point of contact. Some sessions are for the lead researcher only in order to keep class size to a minimum. However, we are happy for the rest of the team to attend all other sessions.

Will we get automatically informed of new events?
You can sign up to the ARC Newsletter in order to receive all updates moving forward here.

Additional guidance

Please visit the new Resources webpage to access our TTO/PSS Handbook and further resources for academics and Professional & Support Staff.


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