The food and beverage sector is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a sector investment of over £350M in R&D (source: BERD 2013). As a sector, it is driven by consumer trends, environmental responsibility including sustainability and traceability of ingredients; and recently reformulation for healthier eating. Key areas for R&D opportunities lie in the…

Making great feature movies and animated films are not easy. It needs outstanding creativity, appropriate technology and processes—and a passion for moving images. The UK film industry has produced its fair share of feature films in recent years, but its main strength is in the depth of its production sector and skill base. The industry…

There is a continual challenge within the oil and gas sector to find and produce energy to meet global energy demands, whilst facing the challenge of easy-to-reach-oil decline and difficult to explore resources in areas of limited accessibility. The top three drivers of research are improving operational efficiency, improving safety and reducing costs. These must…

With the UK having the second largest aerospace industry in the world and a sector spend of £1.4 billion in 2012, UK companies are leading innovation in areas such as engine maintenance and structural technology using nanotechnology. The global demand for passenger aircraft is ever increasing and there are exciting new opportunities for space travel,…

The agriculture sector has been in decline.However, given the global population growth and concerns about the environment, there is growing demand for R&D. Whilst research has been largely academic in recent years there is a growing drive to transfer this to practical application of new knowledge. Some areas include the development of resilient seeds; reducing…