Innovate UK Catapult Network

The Innovate UK Catapult Network is made up of innovation centres with a strong sector or technological focus that play a key role in accelerating innovation, growing business and stimulating private sector R&D investment in the UK.

Connecting research excellence to business impact

Catapults provide a unique combination of world-leading facilities, expertise, and equipment to support business innovation and growth.

They do this by removing barriers to commercialisation, bridging the gap between research and business, connecting supply chains, and supporting businesses to grow and scale in the UK and internationally.

As a critical element of Innovate UK’s portfolio of Products and Services – our overall offer to drive business innovation in the UK – the Catapult programme is one of the most significant investments in UK business innovation.

The Innovate UK Catapult Network is a really important part of the UK’s innovation ecosystem. The talent, the skills, the connections that we have already built up with and through the Innovate UK Catapult Network are extremely important assets for the UK

Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK

Access world-class facilities and expertise

There are 9 Catapults, each one specialising in a specific sector, theme or technology which cross-cuts Innovate UK’s three Domains – Digital & Technologies, Healthy Living & Agriculture and Net Zero.

Strengthening UK capability in places

All Catapults deliver placed-based projects, where the primary objectives are local impact, as well as building capability for the UK. These local knowledge spillovers from Catapults lead to improvements in employment and turnover growth, and an increase in labour productivity. Visit our Place page to find news, events, collaborative opportunities and regional activity, which make a difference to regions and innovators across the UK.

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The Innovate UK Catapult Network comprises UK-wide, national assets, operating in more than 50 locations and are key anchor institutions at the heart of local ecosystems, with a track record of delivering transformational local impact.

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