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Paul Mason

Director - Responsive Programmes - Innovate UK

Paul has overarching responsibility for Innovate UK’s open scope grant programmes, Smart and Design.

This role follows periods as Director of Commercialisation and Open Programmes, Director of Emerging & Enabling Technologies, Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, and as Head of Development. Before taking on the current post, Paul led Innovate UK’s innovation support activities in KTP, SBRI, Open R&D, ICURe, Analysis for Innovators, Eurostars and other international bilaterals. He previously oversaw the creation and implementation of Innovate UK strategies in areas such as creative industries, design, biosciences, ICT, electronics photonics and electrical systems, advanced materials, energy generation and supply, medicines & healthcare, and emerging technologies and industries; built new national programmes in the Detection & Identification of Infectious Agents (DIIA), Sustainable Agriculture and Food (SAF IP) and Stratified Medicine (SMIP); and drove the first emerging technologies investments in areas such as quantum technologies,  graphene, non-animal technologies and biofilms. Implementation of these programmes represents a public sector investment of over £500m.