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


Innovation At Scale

Our projects enable us to deliver innovation at scale. We deliver ambitious, large-scale collaborative research projects and develop renowned research programmes that create opportunities for the region. Our university partners are stronger together and can achieve more through collaboration.


Ambitious and Renowned Research Projects

Our flagship collaborative research projects deliver positive impact by taking a proactive approach to identifying bold, ambitious, large-scale programmes.

We involve the right partners in each project, ensuring they have appropriate governance which enables the partnership to make effective decisions.

We provide a responsive resource to convene partners around funding opportunities.

MI TALENT Programme

The transformational programme launched in 2020 to advance status and opportunities for technicians in UK higher education and research. The TALENT Commission report has gathered new strategic insights into the UK’s technical workforce in higher education and research. Midlands Innovation universities have collectively committed to implementing the employer recommendations within their institutes, improving future technical skills, roles and careers for the 2,100 technicians in the Midlands Innovation community. Learn more at @MI_TechTALENT

Foreign Direct Investment into Research and Development

Led by Midlands Innovation and Midlands Enterprise Universities, a coalition of seventeen of the region’s universities, local economic growth partners (Midlands Engine, West Midlands Growth Company, LEPs) and national government, we have collectively developed the Universities as Drivers of Trade and Investment Programme. The trail-blazing programme demonstrates and advocates for the role that universities can play in helping drive international trade and investment into their local and regional economies through global connections and linkages to the local innovation eco-system.

Midlands Mindforge – An ambitious investment company

Midlands Mindforge was founded by MI partners in 2023 to accelerate the commercialisation of university spinouts and early-stage IP rich businesses in the region. Recognising that a lack of access to finance in the region’s research and innovation ecosystem might be hindering the ability of companies emerging from our universities, this new company was set up to support research entrepreneurs through early access to investment and encourage innovation in science and technology.

Collaborating to create a Space Cluster

The Midlands Innovation Space Group combines 900 academic, research and technical staff within the Midlands. In 2023, a share of £6.5m was secured from the UK Space Agency to leverage collective research and innovation capabilities. Our partners are developing a Space Cluster in the region to help accelerate the development of a thriving space ecosystem the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Midlands Innovation partners with other universities to deliver bold and ambitious research programmes, like the Universities as Drivers of Trade and Investment Pilot. If you have an interest that aligns with our research and innovation priorities, please contact

We aim to deliver ambitious, large-scale collaborative research projects that create opportunities for the region. We collaborate with organisations, such as national, regional and local government, the NHS, and public and private sector businesses.

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