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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup 16.10.20

Weekly updates from Catherine Condie Associates, perfect for companies who like to see a snapshot of government and public funding press releases covering #technology and #innovation.

UK's most promising scientists backed by over £100 million government investment to bring pioneering ideas to market – Press release

Excerpt:

· 101 of the UK’s most promising future science leaders are being backed by a £109 million government investment to help turn novel science innovations into a reality.

· Successful projects include developing virtual labs to identify cancerous tumours more quickly, making food crops resistant to viruses and using AI technology to help reduce traffic congestion.

How innovation is extending the reach of geospatial intelligence – Innovate UK blog

With the emerging digital era and developments in sensors on the ground and above, data quality and volume are increasing. At the same time, advancing techniques in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) are unlocking data potential. Developments in connectivity also enable faster data transmission, pervasive computing, the internet of things (IoT), ongoing improvements in positioning systems and autonomy. Read the full article.

Research and Development Roadmap and Levelling up the UK – speech by Science Minister Amanda Solloway at the Foundation for Science and Technology

Excerpt:

‘We need to have proper, informed debates about the best ways to achieve our aims and the right role for R&D investment. That is why I established a Place Advisory Group to help develop our Place Strategy for R&D. But we mustn’t forget that ‘levelling up’ is about much more than straight economics, or funding models, or winners and losers. It’s about how science, research and innovation can help us to become a more inclusive economy, and a less divided country.’

Prioritisation of future innovations

BEIS research report detailing an approach to identifying innovations with the greatest potential economic/social benefit.

New plans to make UK world leader in green energy

A summary of the government's immediate commitment and targets toward net zero emissions by 2050, supporting 60,000 jobs. Build Back Greener includes major investment into industries, innovation and infrastructure to accelerate the UK’s path to net zero by 2050. Read more.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Innovate UK blog

An examination of the fund, UKRI’s vision for EDI and short-term goals including:

· All challenges to form an EDI delivery plan determined by an Equality Impact Assessment

· The challenge fund will review the boards, groups and internal teams based on diversity characteristics

· The EDI advocate programme will be expanded to offer membership beyond the challenge fund

· All challenge fund employees to participate in the EDI education workshop.

Further reading: How Driving the Electric Revolution is tackling the EDI mission

Developing new battery technologies: competition launch

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to support development of innovative battery technologies for electric vehicles. More here.

UKRI publishes 2020-21 Coporate Plan. Read it here.

Innovate UK – Case Studies

Portfolio of Case studies describing how funding has helped businesses test, develop and demonstrate innovative ideas - from growing a start-up, expanding capabilities or supporting a move into new markets.

Information sourced on 16 October 2020.

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