Innovate UK: Infrastructure systems

Information about Innovate UK’s infrastructure systems programme for businesses that want to seek funding or find connections in this area.

We need to build new energy, transport and urban systems to meet societal challenges such as a growing and ageing population, urbanisation and the need to reduce carbon emissions.

Meeting these challenges will give UK businesses major global business opportunities. But developing new infrastructure solutions can be risky. It can also be expensive to test and commercialise these solutions.

Innovate UK: Opportunities in infrastructure systems

Innovate UK funds projects that develop or improve infrastructure systems. But the best solutions are often the result of working across industry sectors. That’s why we also help businesses find the connections they need to develop their innovative new products, services and processes.

Our priority areas in the field of infrastructure systems are:

  • energy - systems and supply
  • transport systems
  • urban living
  • smart and resilient infrastructure

Catapults - technology and innovation centres

We have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses.

Catapults help businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise traditional academic research. The Catapults in this sector include the Transport Systems Catapult, the Energy Systems Catapult, the Future Cities Catapult and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

European programmes

We also help UK organisations take part in European research, development and innovation programmes. These include Horizon 2020.

Our work in infrastructure systems

This section provides information on the sorts of projects that have been supported as part of Innovate UK’s infrastructure systems programme.

Future City Predictions - A glimpse at Cities of the Future

Success stories

Find out about some of the successful business projects funded by our infrastructure systems programme.

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Read some of our blog posts on infrastructure systems to get inspiration and information.

  1. Innovate UK: find out more about how we work
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