Innovation at Heart of Scottish Economy
First Minister Humza Yousaf has announced long term funding to ensure innovation continues to grow and support Scotland’s economy.
Annual funding of up to £8 million has been allocated to the Scottish Innovation Centres, delivered through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).
The Innovation Centres work with Scotland’s colleges, universities and research institutes to drive innovation in businesses as well as the public and third sectors. The funding will support the centres to strengthen these relationships, maximise the value of our universities and colleges and lead to greater impact for Scotland.
The announcement was made at the opening of the new National Retrofit Centre for Scotland at Built Environment Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) in Hamilton. This new facility will help to revolutionise the retrofit of buildings in Scotland, through use of new technologies, materials and processes such as Passivhaus.
BEST supports Scotland’s construction sector helping the industry embrace innovations like drones, robotics and exo skeletons.