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Mike Biddle

Mike is the Programme Director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), which is investing over £2.6 billion to deliver the research and innovation that business needs to transform existing industries, create new ones and deliver economic impact, jobs and growth. He also worked as Deputy Director for Fund Portfolio, with responsibility for the development of a balanced portfolio of hundreds of millions of grant funding activity.

One of Mike’s first roles with Innovate UK was as co-author on the UK strategy for electronics, photonics and electrical systems. He was the lead for the Assisted Living Innovation Platform, which promoted independence and quality of life among the ageing population.

Prior to Innovate UK, Mike worked in the photonics industry for 10 years after graduating with a masters in physics from Imperial College, London. He is a Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

How COVID-19 is affecting industry innovation in the UK

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It’s astonishing the difference nine months can make in business. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may well leave its mark on UK industry and innovation in a way no other crisis has before and will continue to do so for many years to come.

From dealing with lockdown conditions in March, to establishing safer ways of working now, different UK industries are adapting and innovating to build a completely new working world.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Investing for Impact

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Four years ago, we launched the Government and UKRI’s flagship, business-led Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It is a new approach to funding challenges ranging from net zero, health and wellbeing through to advancing technologies, aiming to create a better world for us all.

We’re shooting for the moon with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – join us!

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ISCF introduction, reaching for the moon

It’s always good to be excited about your work, and as David Wilkes and I noted earlier this year, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has certainly created a lot of excitement - about the opportunities for UK businesses and the …

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – what is it and how is it being formed?

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The last two weeks have shown that UK industry is up for a challenge. Two weeks, 9 workshops, 8 cities, 618 very high quality attendees from the UK's innovation ecosystem. They all contributed to a great communal effort, expertly organised …