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Sector News

Sector News

2015 R&D Updates

 

Ahead of the Budget next week, we're looking in detail at the 2015 changes to R&D reliefs. 

It may seem bizarre to be writing about updates as we approach half way through 2015, but tax legislation follows a very tortuous route through Parliament to arrive and become 'law'.

The UK now has some of the most generous tax and cash breaks for research and development and the 2015 changes lifted the SME rate by a further 5% whilst the cash tax credit is increased by from 11% to 14.5% - a 31% uplift for those keen on statistics.

Dowling Review of Universities/Business Collaborations published by BIS

BIS has published the Report of the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations 

Marks & Clerk release new report, Microbial Infection: Point-of-care diagnostics

 

UKSPA Members Marks & Clerk have released a new report, Microbial Infection: Point-of-care diagnostics.

Technology Funding from Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has launched a series of funding competitions through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) seeking SME support to address technological challenges. Businesses may be awarded up to £1 million to develop innovative products or services that present a solution in one of seven problem areas:

Entries for the 7th China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2015 are Extended!

The original date for UK entries in order to be eligible to progress to the Shenzhen and National Stages was the 25th of June. This has now been extended to the 10am UK Time on Monday 29th of June. 

The date for UK entries who wish to be eligible for only the Shenzhen stage (not the National finals as well) is the 20th July.

This situation has arisen because of the competition timings in China that require National stage entries to be passed through to the national organisers in advance of the Shenzhen semi-finals.

 

CASI project – Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

We are part of a project consortium of 19 partners from 12 EU countries and run together the CASI project – Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation, funded by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. You can learn more about the project and its deliverables by browsing our website at http://www.casi2020.eu.

Visit the 3M Innovation centre in Bracknell on 18 June organised by LATi

UKSPA members - and their Tenant Companies - are invited to join a unique opportunity to visit the 3M Innovation centre in Bracknell on 18 June organised by LATi.

Professor Timothy Richard Dafforn has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at BIS

Professor Timothy Richard Dafforn has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), it has been announced (26 May 2015).

Project brokerage and open innovation in practice

UKSPA is a member of IASP - the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation.

One of their members, Lindholmen Science Park in Sweden, is interested in getting in touch with other science parks or areas of innovation who have a successful track record in project brokerage and open innovation in practice.

This could include:

New Business Secretary makes first speech at Engine Shed, Bristol

New measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation have been set out in Sajid Javid’s first speech as Business Secretary.