A4I is focused on helping individual companies solve such tricky, and perhaps long-running, technical problems that affect existing processes, products or services. NPL is one of four partners who are offering expertise and support to successful applicants.
A4I is a programme that gives UK businesses, of any size, access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities to help solve analysis or measurement problems that they have been unable to tackle using standard technologies and techniques. As such, it is a different type of programme from Innovate UK’s usual grant-funding competitions. This programme’s aim is to boost a company’s productivity or competitiveness by helping companies work with the UK’s top scientists and facilities, which are often otherwise inaccessible so they can address problems in new innovative ways.
A4I is a partnership between Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, and funding partners: the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the National Measurement Laboratory at LGC (formerly known as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist), the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Innovate UK expects to open the Fourth Round of this popular programme in late February with up to £4m of funding for industry.