Welcome to NESTA

NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - a unique and independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.

What we do

We invest in early-stage companies, inform and shape policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future. 

Find out more about our:

Investments portfolio

Policy and research work

Approaches to innovation

For information on our people, structure and how to get in touch view the About NESTA section.

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Report: The UK designer fashion economy

NESTA calls for a better understanding of the UK designer fashion industry and its needs for development and support.

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Report: Attacking the Recession

The UK needs a long-term strategy to attack the recession, with innovation at the heart of it.

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Social Entrepreneurs' Fund

Social enterprises will benefit from a new fund, launched by Bridges Ventures.

NESTA CEO highlights recession busting strengths of UK

New report maps and measures innovation strengths and weaknesses across UK


NESTA appoints new Executive Director for policy and research

NESTA announces the appointment of Stian Westlake.



Prison oil recycling project helps west Sussex go green

NESTA's Big Green Challenge finalists kick off competition at HMP Ford.

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Total Innovation report

Harnessing innovation in high-technology sectors is crucial to retaining the UK’s innovation edge.


Innovation in services

How policy can help overcome the barriers in services businesses.

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Transformative innovation for the global good

The innovations that power modern society have led to systems that are unsustainable.

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Digital Innovation in Film

NESTA and the UK Film Council are helping to drive growth in British independent film companies by encouraging them to take better advantage of new technologies. Learn how you can get involved.

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Open Alchemy

Open Alchemy is encouraging firms to seek opportunities outside their traditional internal innovation streams.

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100 UK groups close in on £1m prize to save the planet

We reveal the 100-strong shortlist of UK groups competing for a slice of our £1m Big Green Challenge prize fund.

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Innovation in an economic downturn - panel discussion

Watch and listen to the debate around the role of innovation in an economic downturn, including Lord Drayson's response to our discussion paper 'Attacking the recession'.

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Rip, mix and burn: Rip, Mix & Burn: Is Creative Commons a Viable Business Model?

Watch and listen to the debate around the Creative Commons Licence Model that encourages audiences to 'Rip, Mix and Burn'.


Absorbing global innovation

Replay the launch of NESTA's latest research reports on absorptive capacity and globalisation - [podcasts are also available].

Lord Drayson speaking at the NESTA panel event on Attacking the recession

Graphic - Innovating to survive in the economic downturn

Read our 'Attacking the Recession' discussion paper, including a call for the Government to establish a new £1bn venture capital fund.