Alison Marshall, Professor of Health Technology and Innovation and Director of the Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CaCHeT) is now a member of the Innovation Caucus, an initiative funded jointly by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council.
The group aims to promote closer links between social science researchers and the strategists, analysts and technologists working at Innovate UK, the government agency set up to encourage innovation. The ESRC is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues spending around £192million supporting 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students.
In recent times Innovate UK has invested in several low carbon projects to support rapid charging of electric vehicles, 3D printing and drone technology.
Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus is made up of 66 academics working across different disciplines with a focus on innovation. As well as promoting social science research, the Innovation Caucus is focused on understanding the dynamics of innovation ecosystems.
“The concept of the Innovation Caucus is to bring together a panel who can advise on policy and influence spending on innovation,” Professor Marshall said. “I’m delighted to be asked to play a part.”
Her appointment comes as the Innovation Caucus seeks to increase work with Innovate UK and the Economic and Research Council as well as foster greater awareness and engagement among stakeholders across industry.