Enabling a National Cyber-Physical Infrastructure to Catalyse Innovation

Closed 11 May 2022

Opened 2 Mar 2022


This consultation seeks to broaden the UK’s understanding of the impact and opportunities for cyber-physical systems​ and also advance our collective understanding of the value of, and options for an underpinning Cyber-Physical Infrastructure to unleash innovation.

Understanding and connecting complex systems has been key to every major human endeavour. As we face critical challenges such as reaching net zero and responding to global health crises, there is a need to understand, innovate and act in complex environments. Connected systems of digital and physical, or ‘cyber-physical’, technologies, such as digital twins and smart robotic systems, will be key to this.

This consultation presents a vision for Cyber-Physical Infrastructure in which connected networks of cyber-physical systems could provide a step change in the economic and social value of individual systems. Much like the internet, this would not be a single, centralised entity. Instead, ecosystems of connected systems would form upon which new products, services and business models could be built.

Why your views matter

This consultation seeks views on the value of and options for a Cyber-Physical Infrastructure​ and to identify the opportunities, challenges and possible priority areas for action within the following:

  • People and Culture
  • Technical Research, Development and Infrastructure
  • Security and Resilience
  • Connection and Interoperability
  • Sustainable Markets
  • Working Globally

This consultation is open to anyone with an interest in this area, in particular we would like to hear from:

  • Industry (supply, demand and consumer)
  • Academia
  • Institutions
  • Wider public sector
  • Not-for-profit

Read the consultation document on GOV.UK.


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Multinational businesses
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Low carbon technologies
  • Construction
  • Investment
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Technology (R&D)
  • Businesses
  • Further Education Colleges
  • FE policy organisations
  • Universities
  • Scientists
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Universities
  • Research Councils
  • Research Funders
  • Science Policy organisations and thinktanks
  • Learned Societies
  • National Academies
  • University associations
  • Science journalists
  • Researchers
  • HE Journalists and press
  • Innovation community
  • Thinktanks
  • Freelance researchers
  • General public
  • Black and ethnic minority groups
  • LGBT groups
  • Older people
  • Younger people
  • Disability groups
  • Charities
  • Local government
  • Charity or social enterprise
  • Central government
  • Individual
  • Non-departmental public bodies
  • The Devolved Administrations
  • Charities and Third Sector organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Civil Society Organisations


  • Economic growth
  • Starting a business
  • Science funding
  • Science and society
  • Science (STEM) skills
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Industrial strategy
  • Further Education
  • R&D
  • Security and resilience
  • International
  • Energy and climate change
  • Business investment
  • Higher Education
  • University
  • Climate change
  • Productivity
  • Growth
  • Competitiveness
  • Investment
  • Efficiency