About us

We are the UK's innovation agency.

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information, visit the UK Research and Innovation website.

We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

Who we are

We’re an organisation of almost 500 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon.

Our responsibilities

With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.

We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.

We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.

Our work so far

Since 2007, we have invested around £2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate, with match funding from industry taking the total value of projects above £4.3 billion.

We have helped 8,500 organisations create around 70,000 jobs and added an estimated £18 billion of value to the UK economy.

In April 2018, Innovate UK became part of UK Research and Innovation. Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19 is now part of the overall UKRI Annual Reports and Accounts.

Our delivery plan

Our delivery plan sets out what we will do each year to support businesses to develop ideas and commercialise new technologies.

In the 2019 Delivery Plan we explain how we will help fund and connect businesses to develop the new products, processes and services that will meet or define the markets of the future.

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Take a look at Innovate UK: helping innovative businesses succeed (PDF, 5.44MB, 16 pages) and Innovate UK 10 years shaping the future (PDF, 10.4MB, 44 pages) to see how we have helped innovative businesses.

Contact our customer support services on 0300 321 4357 or email support@innovateuk.ukri.org if you have any questions.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion

In May 2016 we started our work on diversity and inclusion with the launch of our women in innovation awards and a statement of intent Innovate UK diversity and inclusion statement of intent May 2016 (PDF, 121KB, 2 pages).

As part of UK Research and Innovation, we will develop a strategic vision for diversity, inclusion and equality with our partners in the other Councils. We will then follow this with a longer-term strategy for Innovate UK.

Our modern slavery and human trafficking statement

At Innovate UK we are committed to preventing modern slavery within our organisation and its supply chain.

Innovate UK’s Modern slavery and human trafficking statement 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 113KB, 4 pages) sets out the steps we will take in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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