Innovation Centres

Scotland's Innovation Centres

The Innovation Centre programme was launched in 2012 to support transformational collaboration between universities and businesses. Their aim is to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors as well as create jobs and grow the economy.

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, eight Innovation Centres were established in 2012. The centres span a range of sectors with the common aim of helping businesses increase the pace of innovation, which in turn, helps both our economy and our people to flourish and prosper.

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I am delighted that our £100 million-plus programme of Innovation Centres is already having a real impact – better healthcare and medicine for our families; more sustainable food through improved fish farming; more energy-efficient homes through developments in construction. Through the Innovation Centres, research from our world-leading universities is helping industry develop new products and processes that will benefit our day-to-day living.
Laurence Howells, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Innovation Centre programme was first launched back in 2012. Since then, £120m (2013-18) has been invested in eight Innovation Centres across a range of key sectors. Everything from sensing to stratified medicine, digital health and care to data, aquaculture to oil and gas, and biotechnology to construction.

The common aim of each and every one of Scotland’s Innovation Centres: to help businesses large and small increase the pace of innovation – and, in turn, help both our economy and our people to flourish and prosper.

We can:

  • Connect you to the companies that are already breaking new ground in your sector
  • Reach out to the leading academics doing specialist research in your field
  • Forge links with other public sector and third sector collaborators who might be of help
  • Provide and advise on routes to funding, whether from the Innovation Centre programme directly or from other UK and EU funding streams
  • Upskill the next generation of business and academic leaders through funded internships, secondments, and BSc, MSc and PhD places.

And because we’ll be on hand throughout, you’ll also have an expert and informed delivery partner to help and advise at each and every stage of your Innovation Centre-supported solution.

State Aid Registration

Scotland’s Innovation Centre programme operates under General Block Exemption Scheme 2015-16 regulations, helping simplify the process by which businesses can receive public funding. See the Scottish Funding Council’s State Aid Registration page for further details.

Supporting innovation

Coming up with a great idea is one thing, implementing it can be quite another. We can help.

How we help

Transform health and care

It doesn't matter what stage you're at with your idea we can help you develop it into a viable product.

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