26 February 2012
When we first started thinking about the need for physical centres to support innovation in the summer of 2009, we had some very specific ideas. At that point, we had been an agency for just over 2 years and we were beginning to understand the specifics of several of the areas we were supporting – and saw what adding a physical centre to the infrastructure could achieve. We also had the heritage of the Micro- and Nano-Technology Centres to deal with – where one version of a centres concept had been implemented in too distributed a manner – so had developed very clear views about the need for focus and clarity of purpose.
25 February 2012
One of the questions we are increasingly asked is how we choose where to invest. Given the scale of the challenges we are facing and the amount of funds we have to address them, we have to have a process that selects – in a logical and consistent manner – the areas where we put our support. We have used the same approach more or less from the beginning – and it all starts with the four criteria we have used from the outset:-