The vision of the Technology Strategy Board is for the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative businesses which can apply technology rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life. One of the things we do in order to achieve this vision is to help UK companies to develop their technology into new products, processes or services: helping them to make the journey from concept to commercialisation.

Although we do offer some support for innovative ideas in any field (through mechanisms such as KTP or Grant for R&D) it is not possible for the UK to back all good ideas across the board. In order to ensure the maximum impact we have identified priority areas (such as health or energy) and programmes (such as the challenge-led Innovation Platform in Stratified Medicine or the technology-inspired work in Bioscience).

The Development Team is the source of new programmes. Its role is to identify and evaluate significant new technology-related business opportunities for the UK and, where appropriate, turn them into robustly argued and coherent programmes run within Technology Strategy Board. We do this through identifying societal challenges where Government action creates a market opportunity, or though the identification of business opportunities arising from our understanding of markets and technologies.

In the past few years the Development Team has evaluated and built programmes in many areas including the following:

  • Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents (DIIA) Innovation Platform
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food (SAF) Innovation Platform
  • Stratified Medicine Innovation Platform
  • Emerging Technologies and Industries
  • Feasibility studies in water exports
  • Financial Service strategy
  • Creative Industries strategy

It is currently carrying out a pilot scheme, the Design Option, to bring the design and technology innovation communities closer together.


See Related Documents (left) for the Technology Strategy Board's Advanced Materials strategy

Last updated on Tuesday 08 May 2012 at 11:09

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