Cross-cutting innovation strategies, working to support impact from manufacturing investments.
The EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing are part of a novel approach to maximise the impact of innovative research for the UK, supporting existing industries, and more importantly, opening up new industries and markets in growth areas.
Identifying, nurturing and supporting appropriate individuals at different career stages is vital for the future health of the UK innovation system.
EPSRC has a strong and clear role in the "discovery" and "understanding" of new technologies, materials and approaches. However, pathways to impact will almost invariably require business and may involve other agencies.
There is considerable scope to increase the alignment between global research and global manufacturing, in order to capture benefit to the UK.