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4 Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future.

The Industrial Strategy

Interested in finding out more about any current or opportunities and potential collaboration with the University?

The Industrial Strategy is the UK government’s long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK by investing in world-leading research and highly innovative businesses. The purpose of the Industrial Strategy is to address the biggest industrial and societal challenges today.

Each of these challenges will focus on a specific problem, bringing government, businesses and academics together across the country.

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The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Tel: +44(0) 1865 283718

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government allocated funding known as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, or the ISCF. The fund is for investment in world-leading research and has already supported 1,820 organisations since its inception in late 2016. Through the first 2 waves of funding, £986 million of investment has been secured by 497 projects, in addition to £488 million of underpinning investment.

Current ISCF Funding Opportunities

ISCF Funding is focused on Challenge Areas.

All Innovate-UK led opportunities can be found on the Innovate UK website.

Some wave 1 and 2 calls are still open and a third wave of funding topics has recently been announced.

If you are considering an application to any of these competitions please contact Deborah Spencer (University Lead for Industrial Strategy). Deborah can offer guidance and support in developing bids in collaboration with academia.

If you are looking for sector-specific information the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) may be able to help.

Partnering with the University

There is a natural collaboration between strong academic research science and the key translational capabilities that are largely found in industry. Across many industrial sectors, including Life Sciences, successful collaboration between academics and industry provides both the ideas and the energy for transformative change.

Professor Sir John Bell GBE FRS, author of Life Sciences Industrial Strategy

At the University of Oxford, we work in partnership with many organisations in different forms, finding better answers to today’s real challenges. The University welcomes the opportunity to build strategic alliances or institutes with companies. We work in partnership to develop the best framework for any potential alliance and have dedicated teams to help build relationships and facilitate collaboration with each specialist area.

If you are interested in discussing a potential collaboration with the University of Oxford, please contact the relevant team below:

The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy
Tel: +44(0) 1865 616 570

Oxfordshire is a globally renowned county with one of the strongest economies in the UK and a successful record securing investment to promote growth. The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) has been developed in response to the Government’s UK Industrial Strategy, which aims to increase growth and productivity across the country and create more prosperous communities. The Oxford Local Industrial Strategy drives Oxfordshire's ambition to become one of the top three global innovation ecosystems by 2040.

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