The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is seeking views on how the UK can develop its innovation framework.

Engineers play an important role in innovation. Sectors with high concentrations of graduate engineers report higher than average levels of innovation activity and innovation –related income, as well as higher levels of labour productivity. One of the Academy’s strategic aims is to make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation, and our recent publication Investing in Innovation and responses to government consultations on Access to Finance and Innovate UK’s integration into Research UK highlight our contribution to the debate.

The current survey asks for views on seven areas:

  • Regulation
  • Procurement
  • Open data
  • Infrastructure
  • Access to finance
  • Challenger business
  • Intellectual property

This is an important and wide-ranging consultation to which the Academy will be responding. Fellows are most welcome to make contributions via the Fellows’ Area by Monday 30 May. 

Fellows' Area: National Innovation Plan

The BIS consultation is available directly here

Notes for editors

Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:

  • Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
  • Address the engineering skills crisis
  • Position engineering at the heart of society
  • Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering

020 7766 0655 

Jane Sutton