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Sector News

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Leading European research institutes join forces in transnational smart grid project

Eighteen of Europe's top research institutions from across 11 different countries have joined forces to pool together their know-how and improve research infrastructures within the smart grid sector.

Autonomous vehicles to drive like humans, not robots

Jaguar Land Rover is investing in a multi-million pound research project that will help future autonomous vehicles drive naturally like human drivers, rather than like robots.

The three-year £5.5 million Move-UK project, which is led by Bosch, will also use this data to help develop insurance policies for future autonomous cars. Insurance experts will provide their expertise on the liability of certain scenarios using the real-world driving data supplied by the fleet of test cars.

Livestock innovation centre launched

A new £70 million innovation centre that will bring together the food industry and academic researchers is set to transform the UK livestock industry.

The Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIELivestock) has been allocated £31.7 million funding from BIS to set up state-of-the-art facilities across the UK, providing the livestock industry with access to world-beating research.

Wales Festival of Innovation

The Wales Festival of Innovation is set to showcase innovation in Wales through a number of events, run by companies and academia.

The festival, which will takes between 20th June and 1st July 2016, is expected to facilitate the exchange of ideas and concepts that will create collaborations and inspire a new generation of innovative products, solutions and cultural endeavours.

Innovation disconnect for middle market sector

Research from accountancy firm KPMG claims to have highlighted a disconnect between the value that businesses place on innovation and the amount that they are investing in it threatening to inhibit the growth of the UK’s middle market sector.

University researchers committed to boosting the economy

A survey of more than 18,000 academics in the UK shows that the majority of academic researchers are committed to helping the British economy grow by engaging with business.

UK academics agree or strongly agree that higher education has a key role in UK competitiveness, 30% actively work with private companies, and although basic research is vital, the bulk is user-inspired or applied.

Wanted: Disruptive technologies for the energy sector

Innovate UK wants to invest up to £1.5 million in technical feasibility studies to encourage new entrants to the energy sector and stimulate the adoption of disruptive technologies. A further £500,000 is also available from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) for support of relevant projects.

Innovation boost for UK businesses

More UK businesses than ever before are coming up with new ideas and products, according to new research released by Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The statistics, based on a survey of almost 30,000 employers between 2012 to 2014, show over half (53 per cent) of UK businesses are actively engaging in developing and introducing new products and ways of making them, as well as new services and ways of doing business – up 8% in 2 years alone.

Government to invest £26.3 billion in UK’s world-class science until 2021

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has set out the government’s commitment to put the UK at the forefront of research to tackle some of the planet’s greatest challenges such as flooding, famine and viral diseases like Ebola.