About us

Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency.

Innovate UK drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

Who we are

We’re an organisation of around 300 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. To do this, we work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

Our work so far

Since 2007 we have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation, matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding. We have helped 8,000 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £16 billion to the UK economy and create nearly 70,000 jobs.

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 Innovate UK delivery plan 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 4.61MB, 40 pages) 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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Read about how we are helping innovative businesses in Innovate UK 10 years shaping the future (PDF, 10.4MB, 44 pages) .

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

Diversity and inclusion

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

As we move into UK Research and Innovation in 2018, we will develop a strategic vision for diversity, inclusion and equality with our partners in the Research Councils and Research England. We will then follow this with a longer term strategy for Innovate UK.

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 2016 to 2017 (PDF, 100KB, 2 pages) sets out the steps we will take in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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