Collaborate to Innovate

Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, has created a network of Centres of Industrial Collaboration (CICs).


Collaborate to Innovate



Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, has created a network of Centres of Industrial Collaboration (CICs). The expertise of these Centres focuses on the current and future needs of growing industries, and provides a business friendly environment to enable effective and profitable industry/university collaborations.



The CIC network comprises high calibre, commercially focused Centres of R&D. The Centres go through a rigorous selection process to ensure that they offer the highest standards of expertise and service as well as having a strong focus on business benefits through innovation. Each CIC had to demonstrate International research capability (RAE 4 or 5), a track record and willingness to engage business, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and facilities and the flexibility, low-cost structures and capability to solve industry problems.



Each CIC has a dedicated Commercial Manager, who has hands on experience of their industry sector. As the interface with business, they provide a single point of contact to a pool a dedicated CIC technical staff, and the wider academic expertise of the Universities and the entire CIC network.



Since the launch of the first centres in July 2003, the CICs, working across a range of industries, have already worked on more than 10000 projects with businesses, grossed more than £26m of income, and created or safeguarded more than 200 jobs.



The 14 CICs are:



  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering CIC

  • Green Chemistry CIC

  • Materials Analysis and Research Services CIC

  • Particle Science and Engineering CIC

  • Polymer CIC

  • Stem Cell Biology CIC

  • Design Futures CIC

  • Engineering Design CIC

  • Environmental Technologies CIC

  • Food Chain CIC

  • Pharmaceutical Innovation CIC

  • Wireless Technologies CIC

  • Precision Technologies CIC

  • Digital Printing CIC

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