Technology is transforming our lives and brings great opportunity. The UK has a strong research base in many disciplines. But in the past it has sometimes struggled to commercialise the opportunities created.
We aim to identify and speed up the development of new capabilities and technologies. These can lead to new products, processes and services in new industries. They may also improve productivity and growth in existing areas.
Innovate UK: Opportunities in emerging and enabling technologies
We help companies take the first steps in developing, testing and adopting new technologies emerging from science. These are technologies which could have great commercial impact. They include:
- quantum technologies
- synthetic biology
- non-animal technologies
- energy harvesting
- new imaging technologies
What is graphene?
New technologies and capabilities can improve productivity and efficiency in existing industries across the UK economy. These areas include:
- cyber security
- the internet of things
- satellite earth observation
- sensors and photonics
- robotics and autonomous systems
We also focus on the importance of excellent design in innovation and on helping to grow the creative economy.
Predictions: The intelligent home and the Internet of things
Catapults and other technology and innovation centres
Our network of Catapults are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses.
Catapults help businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise academic research. The Catapults in this sector include:
Innovate UK also co-funds the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, which is a hub for research and innovation in cyber security.
We help UK organisations take part in European research, development and innovation programmes. These include Horizon 2020.