The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund Is Backed By The Department of Business, Energy and  Industrial Strategy And Has The Following Partners:


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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

A renown multi-disciplinary science organisation whose goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and around the world. STFC supports university- based research in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics and space science. It provides access to world-leading, large-scale facilities across a range of physical and life sciences and works with partners to build National Science and Innovation Campuses.


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Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Funded by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). It promotes and supports strategic and applied research of biological systems, furthers scientific knowledge, promotes economic growth, wealth and job creation to improve the quality of life in the UK. As well as funding research and training, BBSRC’s strategic priorities include: agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy and bioscience for health.


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Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (dstl)

Dstl is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. It is one of the main government organisations dedicated to science and technology that solves defence and security issues. Dstl mainly works with the MOD but due to its expertise in UK defence and security and its facilities, it also works across more that 40 government departments and agencies and has partners in industry and academia.


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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC is the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science investing in cutting-edge research and innovation in universities and research centres. Its scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on our planet. NERC also funds the large research infrastructure, services, facilities and data centres that make research possible and its results available. It works in partnership with business, government, civil society, the public and the wider research community to impact environmental research and innovation.


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Public Health England (PHE)

PHE, an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Health, protects and improves the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduces health inequalities. Among its many responsibilities, PHE researches, collects and analyses data to improve our understanding of health and to determine answers to public health problems. It shares its information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, encourages discussions and advises in order to help make improvements in the public’s health.


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The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, APHA is an executive agency that works to safeguard animal and plant health to benefit people, the environment and the economy. It carries out research in areas such as bacterial, viral, prion and parasitic diseases and vaccines and food safety and has many other responsibilities. APHA reduces the risk from new and emerging diseases and pest threats and provides science-based evidence and advice to inform policy makers.


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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and develops and applies the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. It delivers measurement solutions critical to commercial research and development and to supporting business success across the UK. NPL collaborates with UK and international universities as well as with other National Measurement Institutes and companies large and small.


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The James Hutton Institute

The Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland providing research in environmental, crop and food science.  It tackles such problems as the impact of climate change and threats to food, energy and environmental security.  It makes contributions to the understanding of these key issues and to developing and promoting their effective technological and management solutions.


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UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, owned and operated by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, is the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research. Nuclear fusion can play a big part in a carbon-free energy future. The centre has made many major contributions and is working with partners around the world to develop fusion as a new source of cleaner energy for power stations.