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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup 22.10.20

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

Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers – press release

The government announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus. Read more.

New research will explore the potential for new studies to accelerate development of a COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine.

· £33.6 million government investment will back the studies in partnership with Imperial College London, hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

· A further £19.7 million will scale up capabilities to process blood samples from clinical trials.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway speaks on the research landscape

Transcript of the Science Minister’s speech made this week at the Higher Education Policy Institute webinar about the UK Research and Development Roadmap improving the way we evaluate research.


‘We need to consult widely – and intend to do so, and think carefully and deeply about the consequences of our actions. Culture change doesn’t happen overnight – and this is equally a conversation which we must not rush. But we do need to get started. So I have today written to Research England to ask them to start working with their counterparts in the devolved administrations on a plan for reforming the Research Evaluation Framework after the current exercise is complete.’

How Covid-19 is affecting industry innovation in the UK – Innovate UK blog

A look at how industry has been adapting to the new working world and highlighting innovation successes across the UK. Read more.

New rules for personal data when trading with the EU

Guidance on the use of customer information from European Economic Area (EEA) countries for the purpose of providing goods and services. The EU’s data adequacy assessment will allow the free flow of personal data from the EU/EEA to the UK to continue without any further action by organisations. This page sets out requirements in the event that the assessment is not concluded by the end of the transition period. Read more. See also, the government’s personalised business tool: The UK transition: time is running out.

Taking agri-tech skills to Africa – new KTN opportunity

Innovate UK has up to £2 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund to support knowledge transfer (KTN) partnerships between UK researchers and researchers and businesses based in Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa. Projects must be led by a higher or further education institution, research technology organisation or Catapult, partnering with a knowledge base and a business partner in one of the eligible countries. Read more.

Investing in foundation industries – press release

Investors can join an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme to back innovators in the foundation industries. Support is available to drive projects that will introduce energy and materials efficiencies and maintain the UK’s competitiveness on the global stage. Read more.

Information sourced on 22 October 2020.

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