Connecting the Academic Community
to Funders and Organisations
around the world
OppsLink is an opportunities platform developed by LSE Research and Innovation to connect academics, researchers and students with consulting and research commercialisation projects.
We gather opportunities through public procurement as well as directly from a range of clients in public/private sector organisations, governments and public policy think tanks. The projects featured cut across disciplines and research areas, from environment and energy to technology and innovation. They present multifaceted problems for academics to individually advise on, or for multidisciplinary research teams to collectively and collaboratively unpack.
By enabling the academic community to share their expertise with the wider world, we offer a way to expand the reach and impact of quality social science research.
Who it is for
OppsLink supports academic experts, PhD students, early-career researchers and alumni.
OppsLinks envisions a platform that consolidates client needs with academic expertise, finding the right fit for both stakeholders. Our involvement is flexible to your needs. We can help you in finding a team, preparing a bid or proposal, submission, and liaising with the client. We can also take on management of the project and/or parts of the research.
How OppsLink Works
Our objective is to make the whole process of academic consulting as easy as possible for the academics and clients who need their expertise. All experts working on projects run via LSE Research and Innovation are covered by our comprehensive insurance.
- Create an expert profile
Input your level of expertise, your research area, a bio, a photo and optionally, your CV. This will automatically create your profile on the platform.
- Browse opportunities
Look for opportunities based on your research area, level of expertise, client you’d like to work for or type of opportunity.
- Express your interest
Our opportunities are divided into active projects (work already awarded) and tender opportunities (work we still have to bid for). Additionally, you can set up email alerts about our latest opportunities.
- Discuss contract and next steps
Once you’ve been selected as an expert, the contracting (including client negotiations) is undertaken via LSE’s trading company, LSE Enterprise Ltd.
For more information about how we work, check LSE Consulting's Academic Consulting Portal.
- Research Assistant
Current master’s or PhD student with knowledge of research methods and interest in the subject matter. Less than 3 years of experience on the methodological and subject-matter aspects required for the project.
PhD student or graduate with at least 5 years of experience. At least 3 years of experience on the methodological and subject-matter aspects required for the project.
- Senior Researcher
PhD / MSc graduate with 10 years of experience. At least 5 years of experience on the methodological and subject-matter aspects required for the project.
PhD / MSc graduate level with 10 years of experience. At least 7 years of experience (including doctoral training) on the methodological and subject-matter aspects required for the project.
- Project Lead
PhD / MSc graduate level with 10 years of experience. At least 7 years of experience (including doctoral training) on the methodological and subject-matter aspects required for the project. At least 5 years of management and coordination experience.
Expert Research Areas
Our researchers work on projects that cut across sectors and academic disciplines. Below is a list of research areas our experts contribute to:
- Democracy and Governance
- Education and Skills
- Environment and Energy
- EU policies
- International Development
- Labour Markets and Employment
- Media, Communication and Culture
- Organisations and Management
- Psychological and Behavioural Science
- Public Policy and Regulation
- Technology and Innovation
- Trade and Investment
- Urban and Regional Development