Social Science Innovation Fellowships (Deadline 21 February)

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Are you an entrepreneurial social scientist who is passionate about innovation and wants to encourage others to get involved?

We are looking to invest funding in up to four creative and enthusiastic individuals to be advocates for innovation and help drive an inclusive, supportive culture of innovation among social sciences researchers at the University of Oxford and beyond. Flexible funding of up to £12.5k is available for social sciences researchers to create a programme of activities, events and/or resources and act as advocates for innovation (including commercialisation, business engagement and entrepreneurship). The Innovation Fellowships will run for one year from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

In the current research funding climate, innovation is becoming an increasingly important component of research activity. By funding a cohort of Fellows whose main objectives are to a) advocate for innovation, and b) provide us with academic input and leadership for new initiatives, we hope to create a step-change in innovation activities in the social sciences, making it easier for researchers to engage in innovation and to make it a more valued part of research. The aim of the Innovation Fellowship Programme is to support academic-led culture change. This is a great opportunity for someone to get involved at this stage of our journey, especially those keen to develop leadership, change management and advocacy skills.

Proposals are therefore sought from researchers to lead, support, and facilitate culture change within their departments; with the aspiration that innovation becomes an increasingly valued and recognised activity for social sciences researchers. Fellows will be expected to organise and/or lead a programme of activities and act as ambassadors and advocates for innovation within the University and externally.

You will join our two previous Oxford Innovation Fellows and will work closely with those identified by some of our Aspect partner universities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Sussex) to form a cohort of Innovation Fellows. We will also ask you to lead the development of a network of those interested in sharing good practice, and ideas around innovation across the Social Sciences Division. You will be supported in this by the division’s Innovation Network and Events Coordinator.

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