“Innovation centres offer game changing opportunities for collaboration between our academic and business base. The investment and partnership model is unique and their potential for growth is huge”
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, April 2013

Innovation Centres are collaborations between universities, businesses and others to enhance innovation in and across Scotland’s key economic sectors. They were established by the Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Innovation Centres aim to offer collaborative knowledge exchange and research activities, in response to industry-defined problems. They enhance knowledge exchange between universities, industry and other stakeholders to realise tangible benefits for businesses. Innovation Centres also provide an environment that supports the development of the next generation of business innovators, academics and entrepreneurs in Scotland, and encourage greater and more effective university/industry collaboration.

The investment in Innovation Centres helps to simplify the innovation landscape in Scotland making it easier for businesses in Scotland to access universities’ knowledge and expertise, while also complementing existing initiatives such as Interface and Innovation Scotland.

The Innovation Centre programme has been registered with the European Commission as a General Block Exemption Scheme.  For further information, please click here.

In addition to the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Innovation Centres already established include:


  • the data lab
  • ogic
  • Ibiolc
  • csic
  • censis
  • digital health and car institute
  • stratified medicine scotland

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