Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

The UK has a world-leading academic research base and universities full of invention and new ideas. The National Centre for Universities and Business is passionate about translating inventiveness into innovation, harnessing this expertise to help businesses transform and grow.

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In autumn 2018, the National Centre for Universities and Business convened several meetings of business and university representatives to explore how to deliver the Government’s commitment to raise total R&D investment in the UK to 2.4% of GDP by the year 2027.

Read NCUB CEO Joe Marshall's letter submitted to the officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy here.

Smart Specialisation Hub

The National Centre co-delivers the Smart Specialisation Hub, England’s platform for place-based innovation intelligence and analysis. Funded by and working with Government, the Hub provides data, best practice advice and insight to local actors across the country, and triangulates national policy inputs with local and regional innovation strategies. The Hub also works to embed the nation’s world-leading research specialisms into local growth projects and priorities.

Konfer facilitates a step change in the ease with which business-university collaborations can be enabled. For businesses, charities and individuals it opens the treasury of research, researchers and services in UK universities and research institutions. For academics, is a way to search for impact and funding partners.

Brighton Fuse

Brighton Fuse analyses the growth of Brighton’s successful creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) cluster, and has resulted in potentially industry-changing financial impact from learnings on innovation and economic development.

London FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion

London Creative and Digital Fusion is a programme of interactive, tailored support designed to help London’s creative and digital small and medium-sized businesses collaborate, innovate and grow.

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