Who we are

The UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) was a joint venture between the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and Imperial College Business School to further research and knowledge exchange on innovation policy and practice. The UK~IRC involved a large-scale, multi-year research programme and a Knowledge Hub to engage policy-makers and practitioners about innovation research. The research programme explored open innovation, service innovation, online communities and innovation policy-making. Through the Hub, the aim was to maximise the effect of the research on policy and practice, so as to help the UK face its social, environmental and economic challenges



The Centre was co-funded by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). This support is gratefully acknowledged.