A Catapult is a physical centre where the very best of the UK's businesses, scientists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development - transforming "high potential" ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.
Introducing the Catapults
Watch this short video about the Catapult programme:
The Catapults network is being created by the Technology Strategy Board, and is one of the ways we support innovation by UK business. The centres are integrated with our other programmes; each Catapult focuses on an area which we have already identified as strategically important for the UK, and which has a large global market potential.
The seven centres focus on:
High value manufacturing - Driving manufacturing innovation to commercial reality.
Cell therapy - Growing a UK cell therapy industry that delivers health and wealth. Watch videos from the Cell therapy Catapult:
Offshore renewable energy - Applying innovative solutions for economic growth in offshore wind, wave and tidal generation.
Future cities - Creating integrated systems delivering products and services that meet the future needs of the world's cities.
Transport systems - Driving economic growth though the efficient and cost-effective movement of people and goods.
Catapults add a new dimension to complement existing research and development work, providing business with the next stepping-stone on the journey to commercialisation.
The Catapults are a driving force for innovation. At the High Value Manufacturing Catapult we are making a real long-term investment in economic growth. We are bringing together some of the best people in their fields with business to drive innovation, all for the benefit of the UK economy - Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
They provide a critical mass of expertise in areas vital to this journey - such as in the core technology domain, or manufacturing processes, regulatory approval or supply chain development. Many offer access to equipment and specialist facilities to test ideas in reality. All use the power of people and organisations working closely together to unlock opportunity and speed innovative products and services towards commercial reality.
What's been happening?
April 13 - Peter Madden joins Future Cities Catapult as Chief Executive to lead innovation for integrated city services.
April 13 - Steve Yianni appointed Chief Executive.
April 13 - Executive team announced.
High Value Manufacturing
Oct 2011 - Opened for business in Oct 2011, less than a year after Prime Minister David Cameron announced the technology and innovation centres programme.
Connected Digital Economy
Offshore Renewable Energy
The Technology Strategy Board's powerful networking platform _connect is used to engage with the communities. As part of this we also established special interest groups to build engagement and help shape the scope of the centres. The groups are:
In January 2011 the Technology Strategy Board published a prospectus
to begin the process of establishing a network of technology and innovation centres. It described our proposals for the objectives, role, governance and funding for the centres, and invited input on these and on the centres' potential areas of focus. Over 500 overwhelmingly positive responses were received. A summary of the responses to the prospectus is here
Based on this input and our own assessment we published our Catapult strategy and implementation plan
for the programme in May 2011. This explained the vision for the Catapults, and outlined the three technology areas already identified for setting up a Catapult, and ten other candidate areas for further centres.
Following extensive consultation with business and other stakeholders, in March 2012 we published a Catapult update brochure which covered the outcome of the consultation and assessment process and confirmed the focus areas for all seven Catapults.
All the Catapults will be operational during 2013.