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Science & Innovation Audit Update

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


BIS Consultation - How can the UK can develop its innovation framework?


Government is seeking your views on how the UK can develop its innovation framework.

Innovation can transform lives. It can help us to face some of our biggest challenges, from energy supply and food security, to demographic change and the delivery of public services. It enables businesses to develop new ideas, products and services, and create new jobs and export opportunities.

Review backs UK’s "world-class" nuclear fusion programme

An independent review into nuclear fission and fusion research in the UK has backed the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s "world-class" fusion programme.

The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) commissioned the review to guide its future strategy. The review panel consisted of nine UK and international nuclear experts and interviewed a range of representatives from the research community, industry and government in the course of its assessment.

Counting the cost of antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance could reduce global GDP by up to 3.5% – a cumulative cost of $100 trillion – by 2050, Chancellor George Osborne has warned.

Osborne said that the latest evidence suggested that by 2050 10 million people a year could die globally as a result – which is more than currently die from cancer each year.

Health monitoring device adoption set to soar

A new study has estimated that the adoption of health monitoring devices will nearly treble by 2020, exceeding 70 million worldwide, up from an estimated 26 million this year.

Innovate UK publishes £561 million Delivery Plan

 Innovate UK has published its Delivery Plan for the year 2016/2017. The government’s official innovation agency said it will invest £561 million in innovation over the next 12 months and take a more “focused and efficient approach” to supporting innovative UK companies.

The Delivery Plan for the year 2016 to 2017 includes:

UK cyber defence boost

In a move to further strengthen the UK’s cyber defences, the government has announced that more than £40 million will be spent on a new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at MOD Corsham.

The CSOC will utilise state-of-the-art defensive cyber capabilities to protect the MOD’s cyberspace from malicious actors.

The government said it will invest £1.9 billion over the next five years in protecting the UK from cyber attacks and developing sovereign capabilities in cyber space.

Energy innovation: funding competition for businesses

Businesses are invited to apply for a share of £9 million from the Energy Catalyst for innovative projects that solve industry challenges.

Fasset Awarded RoSPA GOLD Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Fasset is absolutely delighted to have been awarded RoSPA GOLD for the fourth consecutive year, recognising their ongoing commitment to exemplary occupational health and safety at Langstone Technology Park in Havant.

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, acknowledging and celebrating excellence in safety performance. These awards, offer organisations the opportunity to prove their dedication to raising and maintaining recognised requirements.

Digital Catapult launches Open Call for new centres

The Digital Catapult has launched an Open Call to select new centres to join its growing UK network.