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Sector News

Sector News

Rolls Royce to spearhead £128m electric flight revolution

Rolls-Royce is set to be at the forefront of a £343m “revolution” in electric and hybrid planes, the Government has announced.

The investment, made by government and industry for research and development and productivity improvements will “transform the future of civil aerospace” and “continue the UK’s status as a pioneering aerospace nation”.

Government announces formation of new Northern Powerhouse body

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has announced that Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England are set to form a new body to support the Government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse.

The Chairs of each of the eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will sit on a newly formed, Government-funded board called the ‘NP11’.

Booking open for S-Lab's Conference in Bristol, 18 September 2018

Booking is now open for the S-Lab Conference to be held at the University of Bristol, 18 September 2018.

S-Lab's Conference partnership with UKSPA means that our members who own laboratory and innovation space can take advantage of their very low HE rates (£20) for their next Conference, at the University of Bristol on Sept 18. 

Developing the next generation of services - apply for funding

UK Research and Innovation has up to £12 million to invest in projects that look at ways of applying artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies to improve service industries, with a specific focus on accountancy, insurance and legal service sectors.

Applications are invited for 2 competitions, these are for:

Large scale collaborative projects addressing sector-wide challenges across supply chains or regulators

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.