2023 Challenge Fund Conference- "Challenge-led Innovation: Delivering on the promise?"

28 March 2023, Sbarc|Spark


09:30 – 10:00

Registration opens

Refreshments served in the foyer

10:00 – 10:10


Gareth Browning, Cardiff Capital Region

10:10 – 10:45

Plenary: Exploring the Role of Place and Demand-Side Policies in the Implementation of New Generation Innovation Policies

Elvira Uyarra, University of Manchester


In recent years, and in response to major societal challenges such as climate change, migration, or food and energy security, innovation policy has both broadened its scope for action and widened the goals it is expected to address. This implies a shift from generic and primarily R&D-based innovation support measures towards a new (or third) ‘generation’ of innovation policy – variously referred to as challenge-led, mission-orientated or transformative innovation policies. A more targeted and challenge-oriented innovation policy should, it is argued, help to deliver desired, and not just more, innovations. This implies a more active role of the state in funding risk-taking activities and in creating – not just correcting – markets. Whilst there is much agreement that bolder, more customised and directional policies are needed to tackle the societal challenges of our time, there is less consensus about how such policies should be implemented in practice. This talk will explore the role of place and demand-side policies, specifically public procurement of innovation, in the implementation of new generation innovation policies.

10:45 – 11:45


Challenge-led Innovation from the UK and beyond

Chaired by Colan Mehaffey, CCR

Panelists: Howell Davies, Martin Doherty, Kathy Nothstine, Elvira Uyarra

11:45 – 12:00Break
12:00 – 12:45


Future directions for Challenge-led Innovation

Chaired by Professor Rick Delbridge, Cardiff University

Panelists: Kellie Beirne, Cynthia Bullock

12:45 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30


Sector themed workshops

Delegates to choose one of the themed workshops to attend:






Food Sustainability



Social Care


Chaired by Laura Norris

Presentations from Jane Forshaw, Irfan Muhammad

Chaired by Jane Lynch

Presentations from Robbie Davison, Liz Lambert

Chaired by Alexis Pala

Presentations from Donna Coyle, Adrian Roper

15:30 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 16:15


Feedback from Breakout sessions


16:15 – 17:00


Professor Lars Coenen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

17:00 – 17:15


Reflections and Close

17:30 – 19:00



Drinks reception & hot fork buffet


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