To inform the UK government’s strategy and investments in; science and innovation to 2030, transformational economic growth, social benefit and industrial impact – contributors and stakeholders in Oxfordshire’s science and innovation strengths are invited to participate in a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) capitalising and expanding on the region’s first audit.
SIA is a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) process to describe UK innovation strengths – mapped to regions – with long-term funding and benefit propositions.
SIA takes a consortium approach. Audits analyse regional capacity and innovation excellence – including evidential analyses of workforce and industry/economic data – to justify investment propositions.
The call document describes the national SIA process and roles and provides further information. The document and guidance can be downloaded here:
Up to four sectors/technologies will be progressed in Oxfordshire’s next SIA round. Industry-focused partnerships are encouraged to apply.
Those taken forward will work in a group with the other sector-leads and with the experienced SIA leads of the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) and other regions/LEPs and stakeholders.
SIA report production takes between three and six months – after which, the findings on investment propositions are pursued.
Activities will integrate with the sectoral development initiatives being pursued following the region’s first SIA.
Expressions of Interest – of up to three sides of A4 – are invited by 2pm on Monday 27 November 2017.
Please send expressions of interest to Matt Smart – Project Officer, University of Oxford Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team – via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science and Innovation Business Event
If you come from a science and technology background, you may be interested in our forthcoming event: Resources for Science and Innovation Businesses taking place on December 7 at PHE, Harwell Campus.