Laura Sharman 27 April 2016

New £180m fund to accelerate innovation across the Midlands Engine

New £180m fund to accelerate innovation across the Midlands Engine image

A £180m new fund to drive research and innovation across the Midlands Engine has been launched by the Government.

Chancellor George Osborne has committed £60m to set up the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) to grow the region's high-tech economy.

The ERA is the first project to be delivered by the 'Midlands Innovation' initiative and will help unlock £120m of private sector investment. It will tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK such as making the best use of available resources and how to produce affordable energy.

Commercial secretary to the Treasury, Lord O’Neill said: 'Backing innovation and skills is key to helping make the Midlands an Engine for Growth for Britain and this funding will help to drive forward the combined expertise for the leading universities in the region.

'The chancellor used the Spending Review last year to set out how the government is making significant investments in the Midlands, across transport, energy and culture and this funding is another example of our work to back the region’s strengths.'

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