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This is our innovation strategy for Wales.

Innovation Wales identifies 5 key themes where innovation players in Wales can concentrate their efforts:  

  • improving collaboration
  • promoting a culture of innovation
  • providing flexible support and finance for innovation
  • innovation in government
  • prioritising and creating critical mass.  


'Science for Wales', our science strategy, recommended that we have a strategy to commercialise R&D and promote innovation.

Following this we launched a Call for Evidence inviting stakeholders to identify how innovation could help improve the wellbeing and economic prospects of the people of Wales. To develop the responses into a strategy we were advised by a task and finish group of experienced representatives. These included small and large businesses, universities and UK innovation organisations.

The result is Innovation Wales, which introduces some important departures in the way the Welsh Government and its partners in innovation will address the issue going forward.

We have adopted the smart specialisation methodology to develop Innovation Wales, which like Science for Wales will recognise our strengths and define our future research and innovation priorities.

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