Innovate UK, as part of UK Research & Innovation, is investing up to £191 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund over the next two years. The aim of these competitions is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

Innovate UK Executive Chair Dr Ian Campbell said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy.

The Gen (the forthcoming youth platform built by GB Shared, but driven by businesses), along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”

The Gen, a national youth platform aimed at centralising information and opportunities for young people, is currently in development and starts it’s Northwest pilot in November with a scheduled launch of early 2021. The Gen is already supported by 5 Northern Powerhouse Partners.

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