Science, skills and innovation

We are committed to supporting science and innovation in the North.

The Northern Powerhouse is already home to many centres of scientific excellence. We have invested millions in the new Graphene Institute to turn a great idea invented in Manchester into the businesses of the future, and backed the Sir Henry Royce Institute with £235 million worth of funding, building on the North’s strengths in advanced materials research and innovation.

What we are doing

17 enterprise zones

By April 2017 there will be 17 enterprise zone supporting businesses across the North. Existing enterprise zones across the North have already attracted £1.3 billion of private sector investment (£1 million per day), supported nearly 200 different businesses and helped attract nearly 9,000 jobs since 2012.

Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre

Providing £14 million to the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre in Sheffield, set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.

Smart data and technology incubators

£15 million investment in the National Institute for Smart Data Innovation in Newcastle and £11m in technology incubators in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.

Graphene Institute

We have invested millions in the new Graphene Institute to turn a great idea invented in Manchester into the businesses of the future.

Henry Royce Institute

£235 million funding to support the Henry Royce Institute in Manchester, building on the North’s strengths in advanced materials research and innovation.

Health North

£20 million of funding to support Health North, an initiative to help unlock future medical innovations that build on the health science expertise and teaching hospitals of the North.

The N8 Research Partnership

A collaboration of the 8 most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

Did you know

The Northern Powerhouse reached a record 7.13 million people in work in the three months to August 2016 – 187,000 more than a year earlier and 429,000 more than in 2010.

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