The Catapult Network

A world-leading national capability  

The Catapult Network is comprised of nine world-leading technology and innovation centres established and working in partnership with Innovate UK. The network works with businesses, academia and innovative organisations transforming great ideas into valuable products and services.

Catapults are physical centres with cutting-edge R&D infrastructures including hubs, laboratories, testbeds, factories and offices, as well as technical experts that prove and adopt breakthrough products, processes, services and technologies.

Catapults work with thousands of innovative businesses of all shapes and sizes, across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, space, health, digital, energy, transport, telecoms, the urban environment and many others.

If you are a researcher or academic who is considering applying for our Researchers in Residence scheme, it’s important to evaluate your proposal against the capabilities of the relevant Catapult. Each Catapult has a particular area of interest for future projects, you can find out more about each of them through the links below.

Visit the Catapult Network website for more information.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult accelerates the translation of early stage research into commercially viable and investible therapies, helping businesses start, grow and confidently develop advanced therapies, delivering them to patients rapidly and effectively. Making the UK a global leader in the development, delivery and commercialisation of cell and gene therapies. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult accelerates the development and commercialisation of new applications for compound semiconductors (CS), and creating a collaborative innovation centre within the world’s CS cluster in South Wales helping the UK become a global leader in new applications for compound semiconductors. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Connected Places
Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. They provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ to public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Digital Catapult
Digital Catapult drives the early adoption of advanced digital technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and to grow the UK economy. They are the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre accelerates the early adoption of AI, Future Networks – including 5G and IoT – DLT and Immersive technologies. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Energy Systems Catapult
Energy Systems Catapult accelerates the transformation of the UK’s energy systems, identifying priorities and market barriers for decarbonisation. Their vision is to unleash innovation and open new markets to capture the clean growth opportunity, ensuring UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website

High Value Manufacturing Catapult
High Value Manufacturing Catapult helps grow the UK’s advanced manufacturing value add by helping industry to develop new manufacturing technology. They create the conditions for economic growth by enabling UK manufacturers to achieve significant improvements in their performance and productivity. The HVMC consists of 7 centres, including AFRC, AMRC, CPI, MTC, NCC, NAMRC and WMG. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Medicines Discovery Catapult
Medicines Discovery Catapult is a national facility connecting the UK community to accelerate and reshape innovative drug discovery. Their mission is to industrialise and drive adoption of breakthrough approaches that discover patient-centered medicines, faster improving the productivity and fundability of medicines discovery assets in the UK. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult creates clean growth opportunities by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. Their mission is to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and expanding the sector by becoming the world’s leading offshore renewables technology centre. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website.

Satellite Applications Catapult
Satellite Applications Catapult fosters the growth of satellite applications through the exploitation of space. Their vision is to be a world-leading innovation and technology company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. They aim to support integration for a connected and information centric world. Contact: Find out more on the Catapult’s website or on our Catapult hub.

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