Businesses working closer with Scotland's universities
Scotland’s Innovation Centre’s are funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise.
The Scottish Funding Council’s Vision for the Innovation Centres is to use the “research excellence” of the Scottish universities as a platform for collaborations across the whole of Scotland.
The Innovation Centres “will create sustainable and internationally ambitious open communities of university staff, research institutes, business and others to deliver economic growth and wider benefits for Scotland.”
Scotland's first eight Innovation Centres are:
The Innovation Centres are an ambitious initiative to create powerful new partnerships between universities and Scottish businesses by creating sustainable communities of university academics and researchers, businesses, entrepreneurs and others that will drive innovation in and across Scotland's key sectors.
SFC will invest up to £100 million over the next 5 years to support the centres. The aim is to help Scotland's economy and long-term future growth by building on and evolving the innovation already happening in Scotland in support of the Scottish Government's Economic Strategy. As the centres develop, they will also become training grounds for the next generation of entrepreneurs and academics in Scotland.
Science Scotland, The Royal Society of Edinburgh's magazine, published a special issue in autumn 2014 that provides more detail and the current position of Scotland's Innovation Centres. Read it here >
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is responsible forfunding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 25 colleges and 19 universities and higher education institutions, with a budget of approximately £1.5 billion a year.