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PM's vision of UK as a science superpower

PM sets out vision to cement UK as a science superpower

The world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules announced by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said:

Britain has a proud history of innovation, with home-grown inventions spanning from the humble bicycle to the lightbulb.

£125 million cash injection will support UK business innovators

UK businesses can benefit from £100 million in grants for pioneering research and from £25 million in loans to commercialise their best ideas.

The UK’s most innovative businesses can win a share of £125 million to help them turn their most innovative ideas into world-beating products and services.

Large and small businesses can take advantage of £100 million available from the Smart grant programme that helps take innovative ideas in any field from the concept stage to full commercialisation.

University of Bristol awarded £8.4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes

University of Bristol awarded £8.4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes

Research England investment of £221m attracts £500m for 11 state-of-the-art research facilities

Public and private investment of £721m will create 11 new university research centres to develop specialist industrial clusters and drive economic growth in South Wales, the South West, East Midlands and North West, London and the South East.

The facilities will support cutting-edge research and innovation in a wide range of areas – from accelerating the development of satellite technology and the next generation of semiconductors, to the advancement of treatments for cardiorespiratory disease, eye health and cancer.

Life Sciences Opportunity Zones

Life Sciences Opportunity Zones (LSOZ) are a government scheme designed to showcase some of the UK’s best science park opportunities for life sciences investors.

Legal & General commits £4 billion to Oxford University partnership, creating a blueprint for future cities

Legal & General commits £4 billion to Oxford University partnership, creating a blueprint for future cities

Immersive Technologies become the new reality at Leeds

Immersive technologies become the new reality at Leeds

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming the new normal at the University of Leeds, as staff and students working in engineering, arts, humanities, the social sciences and health research embrace the technology.

New £153 million programme to commercialise UK's quantum tech

£153 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund funding, alongside £205 million from industry, will support commercialisation of quantum technologies.

New quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionise a range of industries – from cyber security to defence and healthcare.

But as an emerging technology, research and innovation in quantum technologies requires continuing government support in order to maximise the industry’s potential in the UK.

Innovation Alliance Director Receives OBE

Innovation Alliance Director, Pam Waddell, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Innovation in the West Midlands.

Pam is the founding Director of the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, a regional partnership working to stimulate science and technology-based innovation to improve prosperity and quality of life across the West Midlands.