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Applications open for the Royal Society of Chemistry's annual Emerging Technologies competition

Applications are now open to the Royal Society of Chemistry's annual Emerging Technologies Competition.

This competition seeks to help chemistry related innovative technologies that are in small companies and universities across UK and Europe.

Applications close on 2 July 2018

More information is available here.

UK-Israel strengthen ties with new innovation agreements


Science Minister Sam Gyimah signs landmark agreements with Israel focussing on innovation, ageing and artificial intelligence

Science Minister announces the opening of a new call for applications for innovative approaches to improve healthy ageing across Israel and the UK

Science Minister speaks on importance of international collaboration to research excellence

Minister Sam Gyimah delivered a speech on the 'importance of international collaboration to research excellence' at a reception co-hosted by Wellcome Trust and the UK Permanent Representative in Brussels.

You can read the full speech here.


UKRI Strength in Places Fund

Led by UK Research and Innovation, Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth.



The Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2018 is open for stage 1 applicants with a closing date of 8 June.  They are open to any tertiary education establishment  - including all post-16 educational institutions such as colleges, universities and learning and skills institutions. Specific categories are also aimed at student applications and third party applications (such as catering suppliers, waste companies, transport providers, accommodation providers, architects etc. working or partnering with post-16 educational institutions).

Business-academic partnerships: apply now


UK businesses can team up with a university or research organisation and a graduate to work together on an innovation project.

Up to £40 million of funding is available for businesses to work with an academic or research organisation and graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Lab Innovations returns to the NEC on 31 October to 1 November 2018

Lab Innovations, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, returns to the NEC, Birmingham, on 31 October & 1 November 2018. Free-to-attend and supported by some of the UK’s top scientific institutions, Lab Innovations is the nation’s largest gathering of laboratory professionals, growing year on year, with almost a third more attendees in 2017.

PM speech on science and modern Instrustrial Strategy

The Prime Minister gave a speech at Jodrell Back yesterday - June 21 - in which she set out plans for four missions to drive businesses, academia and government to meet the major industrial challenges faced by the UK, and a clear committment to extend international collaboration after Brexit.

Read the full speech here.

Science and innovation renaissance will drive the Liverpool City Region's local Industrial Strategy

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram (pictured above) hailed the Liverpool City Region as “undergoing a renaissance in science and innovation”, at this year’s Business of Science Conference which took place on Thursday at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool.

PM to set out ambitious plans to transform outcomes for people with chronic diseases

Ambitious new plans set out by the Prime Minister today will see around 22,000 fewer people dying from cancer each year by 2033.

Speaking in Macclesfield today, the PM will use a speech to challenge the NHS, the Artificial Intellifence (AI) sector and health charities to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of chronic diseases.