Innovation and the Research Councils

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A booklet, Innovation and the Research Councils, was launched on 11 March at ‘Innovate UK 2013’, a major three-day UK trade event for industry and business. Significant activities, highlighted in the booklet  include:

  • training of skilled people and supporting their movement within the economy
  • development of collaborative research programmes with a range of partners, including universities and research institutes, business and industry, and government departments
  • investment in major research capabilities, such as national research facilities, research institutes and major research centres
  • support of impact-related capabilities, such as Innovation and Knowledge Centres and Research and Innovation Campuses.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “Science and research in their own right are vital to the UK economy and society. But our research base is also fostering innovation by interacting with business and passing on the latest knowledge to industry. This drives long-term, sustainable growth, creates jobs and keeps the UK ahead in the global race.”

Research Council commitment in the research and innovation campuses in particular seeks to ensure that there is immediate and long-term impact from research. This is achieved through, for example, advances in specialist facilities design and the creation of jobs in construction; the creation and support of high value jobs; and spill-over effects in job creation and economic activity.

The booklet draws on a number of case studies to demonstrate this innovation in action. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), for example, operates several world-class research facilities in the UK and provides access to others abroad. UK industry makes use of these facilities to develop their products and processes. This is a unique offering to the UK’s industrial community because these facilities are beyond the financial reach of any one company or university.

Also included in the booklet are a number of other case studies that demonstrate the impact of Research Councils have on innovation by working directly in partnership with business and industry, spanning sectors such as oil and gas; retail, agri-tech, food production; and manufacturing. These collaborations help business and industry to develop high-level skills, as well as having access to cutting edge research.

Posted on March 14, 2013, in News, Northampton Business School, School of Education, School of Health, School of Science and Technology, School of Social Sciences, School of the Arts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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