Innovation Digest for the United Kingdom

Impact stories, useful information, country data and more

Innovate UK: 2019 Case Studies

Stories of businesses that have received funding and support from Innovate UK, developed new products and services and achieved growth.

UK 2018 SDG Index Country Profile

The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

From Fixing Broken Bikes in London to Innovative Entrepreneur

Growing up in south London, George Imafidon might not have seen engineering as an achievable career goal. Today, he has gone from fixing broken bicycles to being chosen as one of the Queen’s Young Leaders for 2018, recognised for his exceptional work in innovation and improving other people’s lives. George is now in his third year studying mechanical engineering at University College London. He is also the co-founder of Motivez, an app that helps young people identify personal development and networking opportunities to further their careers.

Real Junk Food Project Combats Food Waste in the UK

Adam Smith uses farmers’ production waste to ‘feed the world’ and is a runner-up in the Food Chain’s 2018 Global Food Champion Award in the BBC Food and Farming Awards. He is combatting food wastage by using surplus food abandoned in manufacturing and farmers’ warehouses while also helping to feed those living in poverty. His project has already fed 1 million people so far in its cafes, and is reported to be feeding 15,000 schoolchildren a week in Leeds.

2018 First Inventor Prize for a Device that Supports Stroke Survivors

Neurofenix Limited has won the 2018 First Inventor Prize for its work to support stroke survivors across the UK. The company has been awarded £50,000 to help bring their invention, the Neuroball – an affordable hand training device that aids survivors in their rehabilitation, to market.

Innovative Energy and Transportation Project Wins Funding

Upside Energy took a significant step towards expanding the reach of its cloud platform when it was successful with three bids to Innovate UK’s recent Vehicle-to-Grid funding call. These projects will extend the flexibility Upside Energy can deliver to the energy system, and the value it can deliver to consumers and product manufacturers. The projects represent a significant step towards the transition to a low carbon transportation and a smart energy system.

University Develops Bone Implants with 3D Printer

Synthetically grown bone replacements created with the help of a 3D printer and a machine to stimulate the growth of bone tissue at Glasgow University could lead to tailor-made bone implants that would continue to grow when implanted.

Innovate UK – Funding Research and Incubating Innovation

Innovate UK is a non-departmental public body funded by the UK government. It aims to connect businesses to partners, customers and investors as well as fund research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

Joint Trade Review Toolkit for Commonwealth Countries

The Joint Trade Review (JTR) toolkit is an instrument developed by the UK and Indian governments to understand through empirical evidence the existing bilateral trade relationship between two countries, including barriers to trade; where it might be possible to address some of these barriers in the short to medium term and lay the groundwork for a deeper long-term bilateral trade relationship. The enclosed JTR guide gives an idea of how India and the UK developed the process, and will be of use to Commonwealth countries seeking to improve trade relations with each other.

UK Research and Innovation

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. It is an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. It is principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.