Universities and Science Minister visits Durham University's research institutes, where they are unveiling a new £3.7 million supercomputer.
A report says it would make sense for mid sized cities to group together to push for government funds to revitalise their city centres.
David Cameron says he wants to end the "entitlement culture" and that scrapping housing benefit for under 25's will help to achieve that.
Five of the region's high streets struggling with shop closures are to get half a million pounds from the Government. North Tyneside, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool will get 100 thousand each to help new businesses.
It comes after the Government accepted Mary Portas's recommendations - the star of Mary Queen of Shops and the Bottom Line.
The Chancellor George Osbourne will announce the government budget later this afternoon. He's expected to help lower income families in the region by raising the tax threshold. It's not yet known if he'll change current plans to raise fuel prices by three pence.