Issue 40

February 2021




The Interreg COHES3ION project is helping partners from across Europe integrate local and regional priorities into their innovation policies and SMART Specialisation Strategies (S3). Find out more about the project and register for the dissemination event here.

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Innovative solutions to address agriculture challenge

The Welsh Government is making a £100,000 prize fund available to support budding entrepreneurs to deliver innovative solutions that can address key challenges in the agricultural sector.

Designed by M-Sparc, Agri-Hack brings people together from across agriculture and the digital, technology and data sector to solve challenges.

Read more here

Horizon Europe 

Horizon Europe succeeds Horizon 2020 as the European Union’s next flagship research and innovation programme, running from 2021 to 2027 with a budget of around €95.5 billion.

As an Associated Country, Welsh researchers, businesses and other organisations will be able to participate in Horizon Europe on equivalent terms as those from member states.

Find out more

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Advances Wales Issue 95 

This edition of Advances Wales features the development of a ground-breaking urine test for diet tracking, a sustainable manufacturing process for a sugar substitute and a device that turns standard beer kegs into digitised smart containers.

View the latest edition here

Innovation - Take a look at our innovation zone

Online Event - The Importance of the EU Regions to Welsh Innovation – A Practical Approach

2 March 2021, 10.00 – 11.30 

To mark Wales’ national day, St David’s Day, we invite you to join us in a discussion about Innovation in Wales and collaborations with EU partners.

 The event will provide an opportunity to:

  • hear about Wales’ innovation assets,
  • find out how Welsh innovation has responded to Covid,
  • see and hear how we are developing and deepening our collaborations with EU regional partners. 

Register here

Webinar: What is Geovation and what it can do for your business

17 March 2021, 10:00 - 11:15

The Welsh Government and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Programme have come together to offer a Webinar to introduce the competitive Business Support Programme of Geovation.

Geovation is a leading proponent of the value of open innovation in the public sector.

Register here

IPO Webinar: Managing and mitigating against Intellectual Property Risks  

18 March 2021, 11.00-12.00  

IP assets and IP Rights can present opportunities for growth for a business.  This webinar will explore some of the risks around those opportunities and how a business might manage and mitigate against them.  The webinar will cover IP Insurance with SafeguardIP and the new Supply Chain Toolkit from the IPO.

View the IPO’s events calendar here

Preparatory Webinar - Industrial Energy Funding

24 March 2021, 10:00 – 11:00

The purpose of this session is to inform and prepare prospective applicants. This short webinar will offer insight from the point of view of the Welsh Government and the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC). Knowledge Transfer Network will provide an overview of the Funding Support available through this and other streams available (e.g. Innovate UK SMART)

The audience for these competitions is Energy and Manufacturing.

More information here 

Cohes3ion Event - Making Multi-level Governance Work in Smart Specialisation (S3)


25 March 2021, 10.00 – 11.45 GMT


The Interreg COHES3ION project is helping partners from across Europe integrate local and regional priorities into their innovation policies and SMART Specialisation Strategies (S3), to increase their impact and performance.

Join our panel of leading experts discussing how to:

  • increase the overall impact of S3
  • improve the links between operational programmes in the RD&I environment and public and private sectors
  • promote a policy and Multi- level governance model


Register here 

On Line Innovation Support Surgery

21 April 2021

The Welsh  Government, in conjunction with Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK Edge (Enterprise Europe Network), are holding a Surgery Event to help Companies based in Wales who intend to engage in Research and Development activities prepare themselves better to:-

  • access R&D funding
  • run more effective Research & Development Projects
  • Commercialise the results

Slots are likely to be booked very quickly.

Book your place



Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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