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Nesta tackles society's big challenges. We design and test innovative solutions, and we scale them so they have a nationwide impact.

At the moment, we are building a new strategy that will direct Nesta's activity for the coming decade. The new strategy will be built around three missions; one about equalising life chances, one about healthy lives, and one about building a post-COVID-19 economy that works better for people and the planet.

Our strategy for 2017-2020 is organised around the following priority fields:


How do we help a health and care system facing serious financial pressures because of an ageing population living with more long-term conditions? Our focus will be on enabling people to get on top of their health using tools such as peer-to-peer support and digital technologies, while also working with frontline staff to help whole systems to change.


How do we prepare young people for future work in a more automated economy where jobs could be very different? Our focus will be on teaching human skills like creativity, collaboration and problem-solving, and backing digital technologies that help children learn.

The creative economy and arts and culture

How do we protect and grow a strong creative economy and help the arts cope with pressures on funding? Our focus will be on maximising growth in the creative economy and helping arts organisations generate new sources of income, often using digital.

Government innovation

How can governments deliver more with less and engage their citizens more effectively? We will focus on helping governments adapt to the pressures of austerity and seize the opportunities of digital, data and people power to solve problems and empower citizens.

Innovation policy

How do we create the conditions for innovation to fuel economic growth and better meet social needs? We’ll focus on helping governments to design better policies that can drive innovation in businesses, universities and society, using the best available tools for both analysis and action.

Read more on our 2017-2020 strategy