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The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is committed to long-term infrastructure investments in the national innovation centre programme. The investments aim to create transformational collaborations between universities; colleges; and the public and private sector.

This approach reflects SFC’s strategic plan ambition to make knowledge useful through a connected, cutting-edge innovation system that contributes to national priorities, economic activity, and public service improvement.

Innovation Centres connect Scotland’s academic expertise with industry and with public and third sector organisations to create economic and societal benefits. They also support skills and training to develop the next generation of researchers and knowledge exchange practitioners through masters and post-doctoral level provision.

Funding commitment

SFC initially committed up to £155 million for innovation centres between  2013-23. The infrastructure investment approach represents a further significant, long-term, investment of up to £8m per annum across four infrastructure innovation centres.

Scotland’s innovation centres

Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST)

The Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) Innovation Centre is the launchpad to a zero carbon built environment. It provides the connections, infrastructure and culture to solve the sector’s most pressing challenges.

The Data Lab

The Data Lab changes lives and makes Scotland a more productive and sustainable place by transforming the way organisations use data and artificial intelligence. Its aim is to turn Scotland into a thriving, data-driven economy.

Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre has a vision that innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives and provide sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Industrial Biotechnology

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBIOIC) is the national networking and support organisation helping to bring Scottish biotechnology processes and products to the global market.

Innovation Centre Infrastructure Assessment Process 2023

The evaluation focused on the delivery of the Innovation Centre (IC) programme over Phase 1 and Phase 2. Commissioned by IC funders SFC, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it was conducted by consultants Additional Research in association with CONTEXT Economic & Social Research, ADD Specialists, OpenCities Ltd, and ibp Strategy & Research.

The evaluation informed the Innovation Centre Infrastructure Assessment process which assessed Innovation Centre’s suitability for SFC Infrastructure Investment.

View the Innovation Centres Evaluation Report [PDF].

Individual Innovation Centre Annexes are available on request, please contact
Jenny Jamieson, Policy Officer, Research & Innovation, email:

Subsidy Control Scheme

The SFC’s Innovation Centre Scheme operates under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement (TCA) and within UK Subsidy Control requirements.

Further information.

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland.

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