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Funded by the Scottish Funding Council with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Innovation Centre programme was first launched back in 2012. Since then, £120m (2013-18) has been invested in eight Innovation Centres across a range of key sectors. Everything from sensing to stratified medicine, digital health and care to data, aquaculture to oil and gas, and biotechnology to construction.

The common aim of each and every one of Scotland’s Innovation Centres: to help businesses large and small increase the pace of innovation – and, in turn, help both our economy and our people to flourish and prosper.

We can:

  • Connect you to the companies that are already breaking new ground in your sector
  • Reach out to the leading academics doing specialist research in your field
  • Forge links with other public sector and third sector collaborators who might be of help
  • Provide and advise on routes to funding, whether from the Innovation Centre programme directly or from other UK and EU funding streams
  • Upskill the next generation of business and academic leaders through funded internships, secondments, and BSc, MSc and PhD places.

And because we’ll be on hand throughout, you’ll also have an expert and informed delivery partner to help and advise at each and every stage of your Innovation Centre-supported solution.

State Aid Registration

Scotland’s Innovation Centre programme operates under General Block Exemption Scheme 2015-16 regulations, helping simplify the process by which businesses can receive public funding. See the Scottish Funding Council’s State Aid Registration page for further details.

Find out the Innovation Centre most suited to your project

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