Research Report

Powering Science-based innovation: Exploring the need and role of a Network of Innovation Centres in the UK and Ireland

ERC Research Report



Associated Themes
  • Innovation

This report explores the role of Innovation Centres in supporting innovation and commercialisation in physics-based companies across the UK and Ireland. It is well-known that innovative firms play a vital role in improving productivity and solving societal challenges, and for that reason are integral to the Government’s Industrial Strategy. However, it is also well-established that, particularly during the early years of their development, the survival and success of innovative companies depends strongly on external support. For example, the formation and growth of university spin-outs often relies heavily on the assistance they receive from their Technology Transfer Office and other networks. Understanding the availability and appropriateness of support structures for innovative firms is thus of great importance.