Plans for northern innovation

Innovation Nation, the white paper issued this month by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, has revealed the government’s plans for innovation in the north of England


Innovation Nation, the white paper issued this month by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), has revealed the government’s plans for innovation in the north of England.



The

Northern Way
brings together the three regions of the north of England to cooperate in improving the economic development of the north towards the level of more prosperous regions.



Led by the three northern RDAs, it has highlighted business innovation as a pan-regional priority across the north, particularly within high value added sectors where the north can potentially attain significant competitive advantages.



Since its formation in 2004, the

Northern Way
has added value by supporting cross-regional innovation capacity – for example in establishing both the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3) and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, and by developing the north’s creative and digital sector.



The

Northern Way
has also supported the N8 partnership of northern research-intensive universities to strengthen research capabilities and university-industry collaboration. The N8 has created five research centres involving 190 companies in fields where the north has critical mass of international expertise to tackle economic and social challenges: energy, sustainable water use, regenerative medicine, ageing and health, and molecular engineering.



DIUS said the

Northern Way
is bringing together the three Science and Industry Councils with business and universities, to identify transformational initiatives to support new analysis and a stronger voice for the north in national policy development.