The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has launched a consultation on its proposals to establish a network of world-leading innovation centres in the UK.

Prime minister David Cameron announced on 25 October 2010 that the centres would be established, and awarded £200 million of funding from the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review to support the initiative.

The TSB aims to set up six to eight centres that will act as a go-between for academics and businesses, so that “cutting-edge” research can be “swiftly” turned into commercial opportunities.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: “The banking crisis made one thing completely clear: Britain needs a new kind of growth. We should be at the cutting edge of science, manufacturing and technology. And this innovation should be happening in towns and cities across the UK.”

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Today’s prospectus publication is for the creation of a centre focused on high value manufacturing. It also outlines plans to establish centres in initial candidate areas of energy and resource efficiency, transport systems, ICT and electronics, healthcare and photonics and electrical systems.

The first centre is expected to be established by March 2011.