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Innovation Challenge Fund guidance AY 2015-16 [PDF]

Circular SFC/06/2012: Innovation Centres: call for proposals. This was followed by a targeted process in December 2012

Targeted process for the development of Innovation Centres 2012-13 [PDF]

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Innovation Centres

SFC’s Innovation Centre programme

We launched the Innovation Centre programme in 2012, working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to support transformational collaboration between universities and businesses. The Centres aim to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors, create jobs and grow the economy.

Innovation Centres have backing from industry and draw on all of Scotland’s research expertise in the relevant sector to work on problems and opportunities identified by industry. They will add value through secondments, industrial studentships, spaces for collaborative work and shared access to equipment.

Innovation Centres also support skills and training to develop the next generation of researchers and knowledge exchange practitioners through masters and post-doctoral level provision. 

Download the Scotland's Innovation Centres - Driving Demand Led Innovation brochure [PDF].

SFC’s funding

We committed £120 million for the Innovation Centre programme over five years (2013-18) to support the university infrastructure. Each Innovation Centre is expected to lever further investment from industry and other sources of public funding. Additional funding for capital equipment and postgraduate places will also be available subject to demand and availability.

So far we have funded eight Innovation Centres.

Independent Review of Innovation Centres Programme – led by Professor Graeme Reid

This independent review will focus on the delivery of the original vision, aims and objectives of the Innovation Centres Programme. It will be led by Professor Graeme Reid and supported by an Advisory Committee and economic assessment consultants, EKOS Ltd.

Further information and Call for Evidence.

State Aid Registration

The SFC’s Innovation Centre Programme’s General Block Exemption Scheme 2015 – 2016 (the “Scheme”) operates under Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014.

See the State Aid Registration page for further details.