The Catapults are a network of world-leading technology centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in areas of strength and drive innovation to promote productivity and economic growth.
They are a series of physical centres where the very best of the UK’s businesses, scientists, technical specialists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development – transforming high potential ideas into new products and services and accelerating adoption to generate economic growth.
Introducing the Catapults
The Catapult centres were established by Innovate UK as a way to support innovation by UK business. Each Catapult does this by providing access to world class expert technical capabilities, equipment, and other resources required to take innovative ideas from concept to reality.
Connecting business and research
Catapults are not-for-profit, independent physical centres which connect businesses with the UK’s research and academic communities.
Each Catapult specialises in a different area of technology, but all offer a space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and researchers to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.
Whether a business is in need of a new manufacturing process, a fresh approach to digital rights protection, or a new way of balancing energy demands in a future city environment, Catapults can help them.
Turning commercial ideas into reality
The Catapults are transforming the UK’s capability for innovation in specific industry areas. They turn commercial ideas into a reality, support businesses to access global growth markets, anchor high value jobs and attract inward investment from globally mobile technology businesses.
Each Catapult is focused on a specific area of technology and expertise with significant global market potential. They bring together the best people in their fields with cutting-edge facilities to develop new products and services.
Meeting the need of growing businesses
Hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK are striving for growth and capable of bringing brilliant new products and services to market.
However, only a few have all the resources, expertise, equipment or contacts they need to develop and demonstrate their ideas to create new products and services.
The Catapult mission is to bridge the gap between these ambitious businesses and the expertise of the UK’s world-class research communities. Catapults exist to:
reduce the risk of innovation
accelerate the pace of business development
create sustainable jobs and growth
develop the UK’s skills and knowledge base and its global competitiveness
Each Catapult focuses on an area in which the UK has genuine potential to generate growth in strategically important global markets. Our vision is to create the setting which enables you to be part of this success.
Businesses large and small can benefit
Catapults are there for all businesses – large and small – looking to undertake late stage research and development and commercialise traditional academic research.
A national capability
There are nine Catapults in the network with a national presence covering over 30 locations: