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BEIS Science and Innovation Audit Update

BEIS Science and Innovation Audit Update


BEIS has prouced the 7th SIA update note which is reproduced below:

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced the publication of the Wave 1 of the UK’s Science and Innovation Audits at the Innovate UK conference on the 3rd  of November. His full speech can be read here.

A summary of the findings has been published on gov.uk along with links to the main reports.  In the Foreword to the summary report, Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, remarks:

“SIAs have produced not only important evidence, but they have also created new powerful relationships which are focussed on maximising these opportunities.  These collaborations will be vital as we work in partnership with business, universities and civic leaders to deliver an economy that works for all, promoting a diverse range of sectors, and ensuring the benefits of growth are shared across cities and regions up and down the country.”

We would like to congratulate all the Wave 1 consortia for their hard work and effort in completing their reports and we look forward to continuing to work with consortia to build on their conclusions.

We received some great expressions of interest in wave 2 and will be announcing the selected consortia soon.

Also in the near future, we will also be announcing the opportunity to submit an expression of interest to be involved in Wave 3 of SIA.  This is currently the last planned wave in the SIA programme. We expect the process to be similar to that used in Wave 2 [EOI page] for those who want to get started on their preparation.  BEIS is keen to see submissions from both geographies and sectors not yet covered in the programme.  There may also be different configurations of areas and sectors who have previously been involved and who would like to submit new bids.

If you are thinking of submitting to Wave 3, you should look at the achievements of the Wave 1 consortia for inspiration (and to understand the challenges and hard work required).  The Wave 1 reports identified areas of potential comparative advantage that could be unlocked through a range of activity such as investment, consolidation of assets and focusing on key enablers such as collaboration and skills, specifically:

• Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region: The City Region is already a powerhouse of Data Driven Innovation activity. It is a significant cluster in the UK and is growing fast; examples include the growing Fintech marketplace and re-inventing processes for delivery of public sector services such as healthcare, transportation, civil infrastructure and Local Authority administration.

• Greater Manchester and East Cheshire:  They identified two ‘areas’: ‘Core Strengths’ in Health Innovation and Advanced Materials, where there is existing, internationally-recognised excellence; and ‘Fast Growth Opportunities’ focused on the future potential of Digital, Energy, and Industrial Biotechnology, where our assets and capabilities offer real scope for future development.

• The Midlands Engine: They identified market driven priorities (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering; Digital Technologies and Data; and Systems Integration) where there are clear economic growth opportunities and very strong alignment with the Midlands Engine’s strengths and distinctive capabilities. These are complimented by enabling competencies (Next Generation Transport; Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical; Future Food Processing; and Energy and Low Carbon) that underpin and complement these market priorities. 

• Sheffield City Region and Lancashire: The region has strengths industry 4.0, particularly in high value manufacturing, in key sectors of aerospace, energy (particularly nuclear), transport (particularly rail), and health technology. Manufacturing capability in these sectors makes a key contribution to the economy of the wider North. 

• South West England and South East Wales: The work identified areas of world-leading research and innovation in Advanced Engineering and Digital Innovation including: aerospace, microelectronics, energy generation, environmental technologies, and digital systems.


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