Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Global Expert Missions create global growth opportunities for UK innovation.

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK to support the Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Led by Innovate UK KTN, GEMs play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes.

Global collaborations are crucial in meeting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and is further supported by the International Research and Innovation Strategy.

Through its inward, outward, and virtual missions, the programme has the following objectives:

  • Building International Collaboration

Establish expert insights and objective evidence to inform and enhance the UK’s innovation partnerships with key global economies.

  • Informing UK Businesses and Government

Disseminate expert-based insights to maximise knowledge of UK businesses and identify strategic actions to facilitate Government initiative to exploit new opportunities.

  • Showcasing UK Capabilities 

Promote the UK’s technological and business strengths to be the “Partner of Choice” in future innovation partnerships with strategic global economies.


Global Expert Mission Dissemination Activities

KTN delivers dissemination events for each Global Expert Mission to highlight key findings and provide a holistic and wide viewpoint of the technological capabilities within these sectors and countries. We have published reports from each Global Expert Mission where we share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time in each country.

Related Events and Recordings


Digital Business Meet-up: International

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

Watch now

UK-CHINA Industrial Decarbonisation Global Expert Mission Outcome Event

09.00 - 11.30 | London

Watch now

Global Expert Mission on Critical Materials in Canada and the US Dissemination Event

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

Watch now
See all events

Our Experts

Related News

Global Expert Mission Reports


Global Expert Mission Reports

Innovate UK’s Global Missions Programme is one of its most important tools to support the UK Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation.

Read more
Findings from the Innovate UK Global Expert Mission on Antimicrobial Resistance


Findings from the Innovate UK Global Expert Mission on Antimicrobial Resistance

Innovate UK hosted a webinar on 12 December to share findings and outcomes from the recent AMR Global Expert Mission to the US: the recording is now available.

Read more
More News

Connect with Innovate UK KTN

Join Innovate UK KTN's mailing list to receive updates on funding opportunities, events and to access IUK KTN’s deep expertise. Please check your email to confirm your subscription and select your area(s) of interest.