Supporting technologies where our science strengths and business capabilities combine is a core part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. In autumn 2012 the Chancellor highlighted ‘eight great technologies’ where the UK can lead the world, announcing an additional £600 million investment to support their development.
We selected the eight great technologies after carefully analysing UK scientific and business capabilities. Each technology:
- is an area in which the UK has world-leading research
- has a range of applications across a spectrum of industries
- has the potential for the UK to be at the forefront of commercialisation
The eight great technologies are:
- big data and energy-efficient computing
- Satellites and commercial applications of space
- robotics and autonomous systems
- synthetic biology
- regenerative medicine
- advanced materials and nanotechnology
- energy and its storage
These 8 areas show how the government is working with researchers and industry to foster world class technology capability in the UK. They are not exclusive or exhaustive, and there are many other important areas of science and innovation in which the UK excels and will excel in future.
The infographics help to explain the UK’s research strengths and industrial capabilities for each technology. They show how the technologies could be applied and the growth opportunities. The most valuable applications are likely to come when companies develop new combinations of these technologies. For example combining big data, satellites and autonomous systems could lead to cars and planes that drive and fly themselves
In addition to the infographics, the Research Councils UK timelines show how these technologies have contributed to many of the most important discoveries and developments.
The infographics are also available as JPEG files: BIS Flickr eight great technologies infographics.