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The Science and Innovation Network (SIN) is jointly funded by the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. SIN has
93 staff, based in 28 countries and territories and 47 cities around the world.
SIN Officers are based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany,India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.
Science and innovation play a crucial role in promoting prosperity and sustainable growth. They drive development of technology –
including the 8 Great
Technologies – that underpin the UK’s growth sectors,including those for which the government published Industrial Strategy documents this year.
Industrial Strategy Sectors
In 2013, the UK government published an industrial strategy covering 11 sectors.
This is designed to develop long-term strategic partnerships in sectors that
can have the most impact on UK growth,including by developing and supporting
innovative products and technologies.
The Science and Innovation Network has a number of years experience in many of the
sectors covered, and is using the strategy to sharpen our focus and increase work in areas
new to the network. This work cuts across new research or technology collaborations
for UK organisations, helping attract inward research investment, or working with
partners on regulatory or other measures to support growth in these areas. This section
presents a sample of SIN activities in three industrial strategy sectors.
‘The UK excels in research,
development and innovation.
I am delighted that the recently
announced Emerging Powers
Research and Innovation Fund
will enable us to use these
strengths to support development
in these countries by helping
build their scientific capacity.
The Science and Innovation
Network has and will continue
to have a key role in building the
UK’s relationships with these
emerging powers as well as
those who are already developed
Sir Mark Walport
‘International collaboration is
essential for maintaining the quality
of the research base and the creativity
of our innovators. It leads to better
research with greater impact and
commercial products with greater
potential in the global marketplace.
The Science and Innovation
Network acts as a gateway for UK
organisations looking to find new
Minister of State,
and FCO Champion for Science
‘This report illustrates the range
of valuable work done by HMG’s
Science and Innovation Network.
I am particularly pleased that the
FCO has this year appointed an
excellent new Chief Scientific Adviser,
Prof. Robin Grimes, to drive this work.
International science and innovation
co-operation directly supports
new growth opportunities for UK
organisations, reinforces diplomatic
relationships, and is an essential tool in
our efforts to tackle global challenges
ranging from climate change and
food security to international
health issues, none of which can be
effectively addressed without effective