Midlands Innovation:
A Strategic Research & Innovation Partnership

Midlands Innovation is a partnership of eight world-class universities in the Midlands collaborating to champion our ​people, place and partnerships. ​

Combining
Collective Excellence

Established in 2015, Midlands Innovation combines the collective excellence of eight research-intensive universities: Aston University, University of Birmingham, Cranfield University, Keele University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick. Our combined strengths are the catalyst for delivering renowned research expertise that creates regional, national and globally significant impact.​

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Collective Excellence

What We Do

Midlands Innovation delivers research to help find solutions to social and economic challenges. We bring our research communities together to collaborate on projects to facilitate growth and build a sustainable research and innovation ecosystem.

People

We deliver world-class research that impacts the people living in our communities.

Place

By delivering ambitious, place-based initiatives, Midlands Innovation helps to tackle the region’s biggest challenges. Our collaboration works to champion and strengthen the region’s research and innovation ecosystem.

Partnerships

We catalyse new research collaborations across the Midlands Innovation membership, creating research communities for a purpose. We generate new ideas in partnership with regional stakeholders.

Policy

Our collaborative approach influences future prospects for the region. We shape and inform national and local policy through research and innovation projects we deliver together.

Projects

We deliver ambitious, large-scale collaborative research projects and develop renowned research programmes that create opportunities for the Midlands.

Research & Innovation

Midlands Innovation is uniquely placed as a pan-regional research and innovation partnership to deliver world-class research and activities that power growth in the region.

Energy
Health
Inclusive Transformation
Space
Research Infrastructure & Culture
Powering
Skills

Our universities work with industry partners to help solve and accelerate energy solutions and low carbon technologies to tackle today’s real-world challenges. The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a long-standing partnership dedicated to enabling research and innovation in energy.

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Midlands Innovation Health (MI Health) coordinates and combines the collective excellence of seven Midlands Innovation universities to deliver improved Midlands health and regional growth.

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Our research community is developing place-based, interdisciplinary and co-created ideas to tackle the challenges impacting communities. We’re enabling new insight and social research that will help to enhance wellbeing and prosperity.

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The space research collaboration explores opportunities to help shape the future of space technology. We form one of the largest collections of space-related expertise in the world and support research, development and training within industry and academia.

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We unlock research opportunities by facilitating research  equipment sharing within our partnership. By strengthening our research infrastructure, we’re developing innovative remote training opportunities for researchers and improving research culture.

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Our university partners collectively contribute to economic growth and through collaboration we drive enterprise and innovation. We support and strengthen opportunities for spin-outs and work to attract foreign investment into our R&D portfolio.

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We work together to develop the research and innovation workforce of tomorrow, by supporting career development and learning skills to create a pipeline of talent from technicians to PostDocs and research enablers.

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Latest News

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Mayors, Ministers and Midlands universities launch £3m campaign to attract global R&D investment and drive economic growth
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MI helps National Protective Security Authority to train Midlands universities on Secure Innovation

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Midlands university research culture network launches

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Inclusive Transformation: transitioning to net zero governance in the Midlands

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Our Partners

Midlands Innovation is uniquely placed as a pan-regional research and innovation partnership to deliver world-class research and activities that power growth in the region.