Research England blog

Superclusters – the UK may need to think big in its Silicon Valley
09 October 2020
Superclusters – the UK may need to think big in its Silicon Valley

A universities-Research England group is currently exploring whether London is an “ecosystem” of the likes of Silicon Valley or Boston in the USA.

Evidencing the effect of the Covid crisis on Universities and Innovation: why the UCI-NCUB survey matters
25 August 2020
Evidencing the effect of the Covid crisis on Universities and Innovation: why the UCI-NCUB survey matters

The survey that UCI-NCUB are currently conducting on the effects of covid on university KE is vital evidence to inform responses to the R&D roadmap, but its sector wide outcomes will also be invaluable to funding, delivery and to universities themselves.

By Alice Frost
Firm foundations to rise to the challenges
29 July 2020
Firm foundations to rise to the challenges

Research England confirms this week increased funding for KE with Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) rising to £250 million per annum and with greater flexibility in its use and accountability to enable responses to the current crisis.

By Alice Frost
Collaborating to collaborate: interim results of the Connecting Capability Fund
10 March 2020
Collaborating to collaborate: interim results of the Connecting Capability Fund

Our Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) is a distinctive programme focussed on stimulating collaboration between universities to achieve more effective commercialisation with external business partners.

By Alice Frost
Is London the UK's Silicon Valley?
28 February 2020
Is London the UK's Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is renowned the world over and has dominated the narrative around universities and economic development.

By Andrew Jones and Alice Frost
NCUB: The future of knowledge exchange: universities at the heart of eco-systems
20 June 2019
NCUB: The future of knowledge exchange: universities at the heart of eco-systems

For Research England (building on the experience of HEFCE), our funding for university knowledge exchange (KE) is increasing at its greatest pace since the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) began in 2003.

By Alice Frost
Universities' building the country's tech ecosystem
04 March 2019
Universities' building the country's tech ecosystem

In this blog, Research England's Director of Knowledge Exchange reflects on fruitful discussions between technology transfer experts from the UK and the US on how to advance commercialisation in the UK.

By Alice Frost
The importance of partnership in the Knowledge Exchange Framework
09 January 2019
The importance of partnership in the Knowledge Exchange Framework

To coincide with the launch of the Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation today, Research England's Director of Knowledge Exchange, Alice Frost, and Innovate UK's Deputy Executive Chair and Chief Operations Officer, Mike Biddle, reflect on what the forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Framework means for universities, businesses, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The missing ingredient in innovation: patience
09 July 2018
The missing ingredient in innovation: patience

The following article from Professor David Gann of Imperial College, with Mark Dodgson of Queensland University, re-published from the World Economic Forum, describes why ‘patient capital’ is so crucial for universities and government working to achieve a target of 2.4 per cent investment in research and development by 2027.

By Mark Dodgson, David Gann, Alice Frost