Sector News

New and announcements from across the Knowledge Exchange landscape.

2019 CRACK IT Challenges


CRACK IT Challenges are designed to accelerate the development of new technologies which minimise animal use or improve animal welfare. The focus is on research and innovation which leads to marketable products or improvements in business processes.

The 2019 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors who provide in-kind contributions such as data, compounds or equipment.

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) IPR Services framework agreement


The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Services Framework is a national agreement available to members of NEUPC, LUPC, SUPC, APUC, NWUPC, HEPCW.

The IPR Services framework agreement gives members of NEUPC, LUPC, SUPC, APUC, NWUPC, HEPCW access to suppliers who can provide legal advice and guidance, licensing and registration services on all matters relating to the creation, development and production of patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, trade secrets and intellectual property rights.

2019 NCUB State of the Relationship Report


The Collaboration Progress Monitor, NCUB's annual tracking of long-term trends in UK university-business collaboration, shows the number of interactions increased across the board.  But a reduction in business investment in R&D for a third continuous year represents a challenge for increasing research and development funding to 2.4% of GDP. However, the UK’s continued success in attracting foreign investment is a positive reflection on the global strength of our research base.


Joe Marshall, CEO at NCUB, explains: 






Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the most promising research-based start-ups nominated by academic institutions from across the world. We provide a stage for pioneering founders who have turned science into business, creating entrepreneurial solutions for today’s most pressing challenges. The fast-paced pitch event is part of the 2-day Falling Walls Conference.

HEIF, KEF and now KEC: welcoming the KE Concordat

Recently there have been multiple discussions about the relationships between multiple different acronyms. The latest 'kid on the block' is KEC - the Knowledge Exchange Concordat - which is published today. This has been developed by a group led by Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, supported by Universities UK and Research England and with contributions from several members of PraxisAuril. 

Research England and Universities delivering the Industrial Strategy

Today Research England is publishing report summarising how universities are working to deliver the Government's Industrial Strategy. This focusses on use of the additional funds provided by Government for Research England to allocate for knowledge exchange through Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).

Research England launches Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation


Research England has today published a document detailing proposals for how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) could work and would like to hear the HE sector’s views on these proposals. The proposals set out in the document aim to implement a Government policy priority for the KEF set out in the Industrial Strategy White Paper in 2017.

Spinouts UK Quarterly: playing to one's strengths

This Quarter's edition of Spinouts UK looks at the ways in which universities can make the most of their environment: a hot-topic as the KEF and local industrial strategies dominate policy conversations in the sector, both seeking to understand and exploit the dynamics of research, business and locality. Spotlights on Swansea and the MIRA project in the Midlands are both great examples of playing to local strengths.