Innovation Digest for the United Kingdom
Impact stories, useful information, country data and more
Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions have now fallen 43.5 percent since 1990, putting it more than halfway towards meeting a legally binding target to cut them by 2050 to 80 percent below 1990 levels.
Increasing prosperity through digital trade: the UK and South Africa agree to co-lead the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda.
A new housing development in Nottingham is using smart technology to generate, store and manage local energy.
Stories of businesses that have received funding and support from Innovate UK, developed new products and services and achieved growth.
Children and young people set to benefit internationally from 3D printed ‘hero’ arm, which has received support through Innovate UK’s SBRI programme.
Renovagen intends to bring reliable power to disconnected communities with off-grid solar technology.
The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UK Government’s comprehensive portal for relevant country data.
World Bank data on social and economic indicators.
Business set up with Innovate UK support is poised to revolutionise recycling of plastics by modifying the surface of commonly used plastics so that waste can be recycled into useful products.
Oxford-based artificial intelligence company is testing autonomous vehicles on UK roads thanks to a project funded by Innovate UK.
Further investment in the UK’s internationally-renowned Catapult innovation centres has been announced as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.