Sponsors & Partners

The sponsor


The project is funded by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) - an independent body with the mission to make the UK more innovative.

In recent years, NESTA has focused on supporting and promoting talent, innovation and creativity by developing models of innovation for the wider public benefit. It achieves its objects by running practical experiments and commissioning policy and research work for wider dissemination and adoption by policy makers. NESTA’s portfolio of projects changes from year to year as NESTA experiments and adapts to changing societal and economic challenges. NESTA’s current strategy is focused on the role of innovation in three main areas:

  • delivering more effective public services
  • the creative economy; and
  • improving economic growth in the UK.

NESTA also provides access to early stage capital through NESTA Investments to help innovative and creative businesses turn their ideas into commercial success.

Project Steering Committee Members

Major UK policy makers also act as members of the Project Steering Committee.

Mr Fergus Harradence

Fergus Harradence is the Deputy Director for Innovation Policy in the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He is responsible for developing policy on, and overseeing the delivery of, support for innovation and technology development in business in the UK. This includes supporting R&D and technology transfer, fiscal policy and measures such as regulation and public procurement that can generate demand for innovation.

Mr Mark Glover

Mark Glover is Head of the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) Programme at the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB). SBRI has a key role in UK Government attempts to develop approaches to encourage UK government departments and other agencies to ensure that they invest in innovative companies and that the departments are procuring innovative solutions.

Professor Luke Georghiou

Prof. Luke Georghiou is Vice President (Research and Innovation) of the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School. He has been on the staff of its precursor institute, PREST, since 1977and was its Executive Director from 1990-2004. His public activities include chairing the Strategic Review of the EUREKA Initiative in 1999 and then returning to chair its Annual Impact Report Panel in 2005/6. During 1996 he chaired the evaluation of the European Union's Framework Biotechnology Programmes. He previously chaired committees on the effectiveness of Direct measures for R&D support on behalf of the European Commission, and the Evaluation of Futur – the German Foresight programme and TEP – the Hungarian Foresight Programme. He was rapporteur of the influential Aho Group report to European leaders Creating an Innovative Europe and in 2007/8 chaired the EC’s Expert Group on ERA Rationales, presented to the European Competitiveness Council in July 2008. He was a panellist and chair of the expert sub-group of the Glover Committee Accelerating the SME Economic Engine, published with the UK Government’s Pre-Budget Report. In 2009 he chaired a Panel for the European Commission on gearing European research towards sustainability. He is on the editorial board of eight journals.

Professor Stefan Kuhlmann

Professor Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann is a full professor Foundations of Science, Technology and Society and Chair of the Department of Science, Technology, & Policy Studies (STəPS) in the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. For around 30 years, he has been involved in studies of research and technological innovation as social and political processes, with a main focus on the analysis of science, research & innovation systems and policies, focusing on the dynamics of governance. Until 2006 he was acting director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems Innovation Research (ISI), Germany. Stefan Kuhlmann has published widely in the field of research and innovation policy studies. He is a co-editor of Research Policy, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy (IJFIP), on the Editorial Advisory Board of Science and Public Policy, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Evaluation, The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

Dr Michael Keenan

Michael Keenan (BSc. MA PhD) is an analyst in the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. He has worked in the innovation policy field for more than fifteen years, most of which was spent at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, where he maintains an honorary position. During his time at Manchester, Michael worked mostly on technology foresight, publishing books and papers, teaching graduate and executive training courses, and consulting governments and international organisations on their foresight activities. He is on the editorial boards of several international journals and has participated as a member of various international advisory groups. His current work centres on national innovation policies and he presently works on the OECD’s country reviews of innovation policy. Over the last few years, he has participated in reviews of Korea, Mexico, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Sweden and SE Asia. He also leads the OECD’s work on the development of its Innovation Policy Platform, a flagship project to establish a web-based knowledge management tool in support of innovation policy-making.