The UCI Policy Evidence Unit is based at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and is being developed in strategic partnership with the IfM’s policy research-focused Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) and the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB).
Through this partnership UCI will be able to deliver academically rigorous, policy engaged projects that leverage the leading academic and intellectual capabilities, resources and policy/practice networks of CSTI and the University of Cambridge, and from NCUB its data/evidence collection and development capabilities, professional membership resources, and national policy/practice and dissemination networks.
To support the development of effective policy and practice, the UCI Policy Evidence Unit is also developing partnerships with other leading organisations including PraxisAuril, the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, and TenU (a transatlantic group of leading technology transfer offices).
The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI) is a leading research centre with a reputation for delivering impactful and practical solutions and evidence to support policymaking in technology and industrial innovation policy. It is unique in the UK in being based within science and engineering base and employs researchers with both technical and economics/management expertise. This creates a unique environment that anchors its science and innovation policy research in a deep and technical understanding of the nature and processes of technology development and commercialisation while building on and customising core insights from economics and management.
The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports university-business collaboration across the UK. NCUB is working closely with both Research England and other research institutes to position itself as a national engagement and analytical hub for collaboration – sharing data and ideas in a virtual hub and spoke model across the UK. It gathers and uses data to drive decision making, provide informed and intelligence-driven insights, and identify meaningful signals and trends affecting collaboration. Ultimately through its university-business leadership network NCUB seeks to provide a collective voice on the future collaboration to drive innovation and economic prosperity in the UK.