The Innovation Accelerator programme is investing £100 million in 26 transformative research and development projects to accelerate the growth of three high-potential innovation clusters: Glasgow City Region, Greater Manchester and West Midlands. It’s led by Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation and the Department for Science and Innovation (DSIT).
The Innovation Accelerators is a pilot programme to support three city regions in becoming major, globally competitive centres for research and innovation.
As a pilot for national to local co-creation, it also provides evidence for the success factors necessary to:
- grow innovation clusters across the UK
- inform future policy for research and development (R&D)
- cement the UK’s position as a science and technology superpower
Twenty-six R&D projects selected by the three city regions have received funding to:
- attract private sector R&D co-investment
- make improvements to productivity
- create high-quality jobs that will enrich the lives of the local community
- boost regional economic growth
- develop the technologies of tomorrow
Glasgow will boost extensive venture capital investment in key growth innovation sectors, including advanced manufacturing, space, and precision medicine.
Greater Manchester will lead the way in sustainable advanced materials and manufacturing, digital and tech, health innovation, and technology to become carbon neutral by 2038.
West Midlands will accelerate R&D and innovation strengths in greener technologies and improved personalised and digital healthcare, diversifying its economy whilst boosting supply chains and creating new local jobs.
Each of the three regions has received an equal share of the £100 million funding allocation for the 26 locally led, high-impact projects.
Glasgow City Region
- ‘Fusing a future from Glasgow’s proud heritage: schedule guaranteed high-integrity structures for a secure, safe and resilient transition to net zero’, led by University of Strathclyde (sector: net zero)
- ‘Risk stratification tool for colorectal polyp surveillance’, led by University of Glasgow (sector: health)
- ‘ReMake Glasgow: creating the leading circular manufacturing hub’, led by University of Strathclyde (sector: energy)
- ‘FinTech centre of innovation in financial regulation’, led by Fintech Scotland (sector: digital)
- ‘Museums in the metaverse’, led by University of Glasgow (sector: creative)
- ‘Pilot Accelerator for National Institute for Quantum Integration’, led by University of Glasgow (sector: electronics)
- ‘Modular chemical robot farms for chemical manufacturing’, led by Chemify Limited (sector: manufacturing)
- ‘Data-driven design and manufacturing CoLAB (D3M_CoLAB)’, led by University of Strathclyde (sector: digital)
- ‘Innovation accelerator in neutral atom quantum optimisation’, led by M-Squared Lasers Limited (sector: emerging technology)
- ‘Next generation remote-sensing technologies’, led by Thales UK Limited (sector: electronics)
- ‘Stratellite: transforming space and photonics manufacturing’, led by University of Strathclyde (sector: space)
Find out more: Glasgow City Region: Innovation Accelerator projects
- ‘Future homes’, led by University of Salford (sector: net zero)
- ‘Greater Manchester Electrochemical Hydrogen Cluster’, led by Manchester Metropolitan University (sector: net zero)
- ‘Manchester Turing Innovation Hub (MTIH)’, led by The University of Manchester (sector: digital)
- ‘The development and validation of technology for time-critical genomic testing (DEVOTE) programme’, led by The University of Manchester (sector: health)
- ‘Energy accelerator for non-domestic buildings’, led by The Growth Company (sector: net zero)
- ‘Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI)’, led by Manchester Metropolitan University (sector: digital)
- ‘Pilots for the Sustainable Materials Translational Research Centre (p- SMTRC)’, led by Rochdale Development Agency (sector: advanced materials)
- ‘AR EdTech For Hydrogen Skills’, led by Blair Project LTD (sector: net zero)
- ‘GM Advanced Diagnostics Accelerator’, a partnership between Health Innovation Manchester, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and University of Manchester (sector: health)
- ‘MediaCity Immersive Technologies Innovation Hub’, led by The Landing at Media City UK Limited (sector: creative)
Find out more: Innovation Greater Manchester: projects
- ‘West Midlands ‘6D’ Innovation Accelerator’, led by University of Birmingham (sector: health technology)
- ‘Clean futures’, led by Connected Places Catapult (sector: clean technology)
- ‘West Midlands Innovation Programme’, led by West Midlands Combined Authority (sector: health and clean technology)
- ‘The Biochar Clean Tech Accelerator: empowering regional clusters’, led by Aston University (sector: clean technology)
- ‘Digital innovation transformative change’, led by Connected Places Catapult (sector: health and clean technology)
Find out more: West Midlands Combined Authority: West Midlands innovation