Catapult Centres

Catapult centres are organisations set up from 2011 onwards by Innovate UK in the United Kingdom to promote research and development through business-led collaboration between scientists and engineers to exploit market opportunities. They receive grants from public funds but are also expected to seek commercial funding.

Connected Places, Milton Keynes

The Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.

They focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness.

The Connected Places Catapult operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities. They convene the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.

Connected Places 

The Centre for Process Innovation, North Yorkshire

CPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace. We do this by giving our customers access to the right experts, equipment, networks, funding and more – connecting the dots for effective innovation.

We are a leading independent technology innovation centre and a founding member of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Centre for Process Innovation

The National Composites Centre, Bristol

The NCC is a world-class research centre, where companies of any size and across industry sectors, can access cutting-edge technology and specialist engineers, to drive innovation in the design and manufacture of composites.

National Composites Centre

Warwick Manufacturing Group

WMG (formerly known as Warwick Manufacturing Group) is an academic department at the University of Warwick, England, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, management, manufacturing and technology. The group provides taught and research degrees for postgraduate students, degree apprenticeships, and undergraduate courses at the University of Warwick campus. WMG is one of the largest academic departments of the university and is known for its collaborative research and education programmes with industry.

Warwick Manufacturing Group 

Offshore Renewable Energy, Northumberland

ORE is the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy. They will play a key role in delivering the UK’s net zero targets by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector. They will use thier unique facilities and research and engineering capabilities to bring together industry and academia and drive innovation in renewable energy.

Offshore Renewable Energy

Satellite Applications, Oxfordshire

The Satellite Applications catapult is a unique technology and innovation company, boosting UK productivity by helping organisations harness the power of satellite based services. They’re driven by how their actions help the organisations they work with, both large and small, bringing new services to market. By connecting industry and academia they get new research off the ground and into the market more quickly.

Satellite Applications

Energy Systems, Birmingham

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. They take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping them to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

Energy Systems 

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

The AMRC are shaping the future. Their researchers are leading the way on net zero. On data analytics and AI. On sustainable fuels. On digitally connected factories and supply chains. They’re also helping to secure UK manufacturing, training hundreds of apprentices and reskilling the current workforce to create the pool of talent the sector needs to thrive and grow.


Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry – often referred to as ‘the valley of death’. It represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16 month build, the facility opened at Ansty Park in Coventry at the end of 2011.



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