In his Autumn Statement, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that a Science & Innovation Audit (SIA) will be conducted in the East of England.

The decision was made in response to a regional submission from a wide-ranging consortium led by industry and academia, initiated and facilitated by four of the region’s LEPs, led by Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership and covering the geographies of New Anglia LEP, Hertfordshire LEP and the Essex part of South East LEP.

Science & Innovation Audits are, in essence, a ‘deep dive’ survey of cutting-edge innovation taking place in industry and the public sector, and are being conducted to better inform central Government of regional strengths for potential future funding streams, and to assist with foreign direct investment.

In the East of England, the Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) is being delivered by local partners and is structured across four themes: Life Sciences; Agri-Tech; Advanced Manufacturing and Materials; and ICT.

Dr. Martino Picardo, CEO of the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC), who is leading the Life Sciences audit, said: “SBC is delighted to work with colleagues in the region and is looking forward to a positive outcome that will benefit our community and influence future policy.”

To find out how you can take part in the survey, which closes 21 April, and to read the full release click here.