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ICUK Phase 1

The Innovation China UK (ICUK) programme was the first UK-China collaboration to promote joint innovation and knowledge transfer. Launched in 2007, the £4.9 million initiative was led by Queen Mary, University of London, and has been jointly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (now BIS), and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.

ICUK has been widely recognised as a successful bilateral programme in establishing a wide pool of technology collaborations, in breaking down barriers to collaboration and innovation, and promoting the UK as a commercial partner of choice. Since our launch in 2007 we have:

  • Funded 72 projects from a range of technology sectors through the ICUK Collaboration Development Fund
  • Engaged over 270 UK/Chinese academics in joint projects
  • Submitted 25 joint research papers for publication
  • Secured £1.95 million Chinese match funding and £1.3 million follow-on funding for joint Proof of Concept projects
  • Filed 14 new patents
  • Signed 2 income-generating licensing agreements
  • Created One spin-out company

Through our strong network with 60 universities and institutes and over 100 enterprises within China, ICUK has developed valuable insights into the requirements of Chinese industry and is now embarking on Phase 2 of its development, providing value-added consultancy services for UK businesses and institutes, including market research, China entry strategies and IP commercialisation.

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Prof. Wen Wang, Queen Mary, University of London:

"ICUK's 'Proof of Concept funds give research scientists the opportunity to test out their innovative technology in a business orientated environment. It provides the platform for academics to interact with experts in IP and marketing, and acts as a 'Dragon's Den' to nurture and to promote innovative products."