Productive Nation

The future competitiveness and creativity of the UK economy requires the successful development of world-leading products, processes and technology based on the discovery and innovation in the mathematical and physical sciences, information and computing technologies, and engineering. Our ambitions anticipate economic and social change, and imply significant re-skilling of the UK workforce with a particular requirement to achieve technical leadership through the development of future scientists, engineers and technologists.

Example priority areas for strategic programmes:

  • Innovative, disruptive technologies
  • Business innovation via digital transformation
  • Transformation to a sustainable society: the circular economy.

Outcomes and Ambitions



Introduce the next generation of innovative and disruptive technologies
Supporting emergent science fields and building on UK creativity and expertise to ensure scientific discoveries have the potential to lead to innovative, disruptive products and technologies.
Ensure affordable solutions for National needs
Using engineering and physical sciences research and whole systems approaches to develop innovative, efficient solutions to increase productivity and create better living standards for our essential national needs such as health, defence, energy and infrastructure.
Establish a new place for industry that is built upon a ‘make it local, make it bespoke’ approach
To grow the UK economy, reduce import dependencies and enrich local communities by supporting research that enables a decentralised approach to material supply and methods of fabrication, with the final product manufactured close to the point of use.
Drive business innovation through digital transformation
The development of advanced digital technologies through: robotics; autonomous and intelligent technologies; advanced data analytics; and the internet of things, in order to transform business models and services.
Transform to a sustainable society, with a focus on the circular economy
Using new chemistries, materials substitutes and a whole systems approach to move towards a circular economy which includes recycle, remanufacture and remarketing of materials.

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