Funding & Governance

Establishing and maintaining a network of centres with world-leading technical capabilities requires a sustained investment – from both public and private sector. Centres also need to create a critical mass of activity surrounding them which will anchor the activities of globally mobile companies in the UK.

Catapult Programme Funding modelThe centres gain their funds from a mix of competitively earned commercial funding and core Innovate UK investment. The funding model will vary through the life of the technology and innovation centre, and can be expressed in simplified terms as following the one-third, one-third, one-third model. Under this model, centres are required (when fully established) to generate their funding broadly equally from three sources:

  • business-funded R&D contracts, won competitively
  • collaborative applied R&D projects, funded jointly by the public and private sectors, also won competitively
  • core public funding for long-term investment in infrastructure, expertise and skills development



The network of Catapult centres was established by Innovate UK. Each Catapult centre is a company limited by guarantee (CLG), a separate legal entity from Innovate UK. They are controlled by their own Boards with an Executive Management team responsible for the day-to-day management of each Catapult.

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