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Centre for Applied Innovation

Fostering innovation and driving advancements through collaboration and cutting-edge research.

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The Centre for Applied Innovation (CAI) is dedicated to becoming a premier hub for fostering innovation and advancing technological and societal progress.

Located within York St John University, the Centre for Applied Innovation acts as a catalyst for collaboration among academia, industry, and the broader community to tackle real-world challenges and seize opportunities.

Through pioneering research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and expert guidance, CAI is committed to transforming innovative ideas into impactful solutions that benefit society.

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Our services and your journey

How the Centre for Applied Innovation facilitates your innovation development.

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Leading innovation for societal impact

The CAI aims to be a leader in applied innovation, driving breakthroughs in technology and addressing critical societal needs. By promoting a culture of creativity, collaboration, and excellence, the CAI strives to push the boundaries of what is possible and inspire transformative change.

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Strategic aims

At the core of CAI’s mission is the development of meaningful partnerships with industry stakeholders. By engaging with industry partners, CAI aims to understand market needs, accelerate technology transfer, and facilitate the commercialisation of innovative solutions.

CAI is devoted to making a positive impact on both local and global communities. Through collaborative projects, outreach initiatives, and knowledge exchange programmes, CAI aims to tackle societal challenges, promote inclusivity, and empower individuals and communities.


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