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Science & Innovation Audit Update

Science & Innovation Audit Update

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BIS has published an update note summarising activity on the progress of their Science & Innovation Audits which details the first wave of consortia, future deadlines and details of the SIA Advisory Panel.

Five areas have been selected to take part in the first ever Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs):

  • The Midlands Engine
  • Edinburgh and the Lothians City region
  • South West England and South East Wales
  • Sheffield City Region and Lancashire
  • Greater Manchester and East Cheshire


Designed to map out local research, innovation and infrastructure strengths across the UK, the audits will help identify and build on the potential of every region across the country by making sure investment is properly targeted and uncovering opportunities for businesses to tap into.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “From the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry to the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, the UK has hot-spots of expertise that are propelling us forward in global innovation. Auditing the strengths in our regions will help us to build a long term strategy for global competitiveness and help ensure that hotspots generate more than the sum of their parts.

He added: “Science and innovation are crucial to increasing regional productivity and growth which is why we’ve protected the science budget in real terms until 2020, and why we are developing a National Innovation Plan.”

Read the note here.

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