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TSB receives £200m to spearhead a new network of elite technology and innovation centres for the UK

In January 2011 the UK government invited organisations to register their interest in forming a new technology and innovation centre (TIC) focused on high value manufacturing.

This centre will be the first of an elite national network of centres, to be founded and managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), to work in partnership with universities and businesses to commercialise key research in high-value global technology markets.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Britain needs a new kind of growth. We should be at the cutting edge of science, manufacturing and technology. And this innovation should be happening in towns and cities across the UK, creating opportunities for everyone, wherever they live.

“The programme for technology and innovation centres is a key part of our strategy to rebalance the economy. We have so much potential here in Britain; now is the time to harness it and build the stable, prosperous economy we want.”

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts added: “Technology innovation centres will work in partnership with universities and businesses. They will give innovative firms access to facilities and technical expertise, enabling them to undertake essential development work which can often be beyond the capability of individual businesses.”

The TSB has published a prospectus to fast-track the creation of a prototype centre focused on high value manufacturing, with plans to establish a network of six to eight world-leading centres in total. 

It calls for business, academic and other interest groups to comment on the proposals and help shape how the centres will be developed.  Interested parties and individuals can do this by joining the Technology and Innovation Centres Forum on _connect and submitting your comments.

Sitting between the worlds of academia and business, the TICs will enable cutting-edge research to be swiftly turned into commercial opportunities.

In his foreword to the prospectus, TSB Chief Executive Iain Gray says that the centres represent a significant long-term investment in the UK economy. “As the UK’s national innovation agency, we are delighted to be taking on responsibility for establishing and overseeing this new initiative, which offers a high degree of synergy with our other activities that drive innovation for the benefit of UK business.”  Iain recently wrote about this on his blog.

When established, the TICs will focus on technological areas such as:

  • Energy & Resource Efficiency,
  • Transport Systems,
  • Healthcare,
  • ICT and Electronics, and
  • Photonics & Electrical Systems.

The TSB is inviting business, academic and other interest groups to comment on the proposals and help shape how the centres will be developed.

Links:

Join the Technology and Innovation Centres Forum group

Visit the Technology and Innovation Centres Forum

Read the TSB Prospectus on Technology and Innovation Centres

Read Iain Gray's blog about the Technology Innovation Centres

 

(With thanks to the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN, and Matthew Peach for permission to adapt and use this editorial)

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