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Innovate UK

Emerging Technologies & Responsible Innovation

Innovate UK-EPSRC Logo _200Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency driving the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. With a strong business focus, Innovate UK drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects to stimulate the new products and services of tomorrow, with projects anticipated to last between 6 months and 3 years.

Emerging Technologies

Innovate UK has identified the following technologies which could have great commercial impact. They include:

  • Quantum Technologies
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Synthetic Biologies
  • Graphene
  • Non-animal Technologies
  • New Imaging Technologies
  • Biofilms

In conjunction with detailed market opportunity, applications are advised to clearly state the barriers that the project addresses.

Identifying and Addressing Risk

Innovate UKquotes _250The lack of clarity and uncertainty surrounding the potential risks of novel technologies can have a profoundly negative impact on their development, uptake and exploitation and are regarded as a major barrier to innovation.
Understanding, identifying and managing the potential risks can be just as important as product performance when it comes to commercialisation and sustainability.

These aspects are clearly identified by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and forms the basis of their Framework for Responsible Innovation.

Why IOM/SAFENANO is Your Partner of Choice

The IOM/SAFENANO has an international reputation in addressing chemical- and nanotechnology-risk through our expertise in safety and risk assessment in support of industrial innovation, with unparalleled experience in UK research projects and EC Framework projects.

As both an SME and research organisation, we have unique and extensive experience with the potential risks from particles, platelets and fibres invaluable to the assessment of novel advanced materials.  Our laboratory, workplace instruments and Standards-based approach is of proven utility in assessing and mitigating hazards, exposures and risks across the life cycles and value chains of technological innovation.  

IOM/SAFENANO has a track record in developing and validating responsible practice in R&D, manufacturing and applications across a variety of sectors including advanced composites, energy storage, coatings & paints, and packaging, amongst others.

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