National Physical Laboratory

Analysis for Innovators 2018

Gain access to world-leading experts and cutting-edge facilities, techniques and technologies to solve an existing analysis or measurement problem facing your business

Stage 1 application

Opens: Wednesday 22 August 2018  |  Closes: Thursday 6 September 2018

Further information

The Analysis for Innovators programme targets competitiveness and productivity head on by offering access to world-leading experts and cutting-edge facilities, techniques and technologies to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business.

Analysis for Innovators – a £4M Innovate UK programme with four partners offering access to funding and expertise – aims to improve companies' overall performance by offering measurement and analysis expertise to projects that can show a positive business impact through solving an existing problem. Previous projects have involved measuring fingerprints to detect drugs and explosives, quality control in diagnostic kits, improving the performance of fuel cells, and the non-destructive testing of solder joints.

NPL is one of four partners that will be making their expertise available through an initial free technical consultancy brokered to successful applicants, and then offer support to allow industry access to their unique facilities and expertise in optional follow-on R&D projects.

Key dates

  • Competition opens: 22 August 2018

  • Briefing event: 3 September 2018

  • Competition closes: 6 September 2018 – 12:00 noon

  • Applicants notified: 13 September 2018

  • Invite to consultancy sessions: 17 September 2018

  • Full competition opens: 24 September 2018

  • Full competition closes: 10 October 2018

  • Full competition applicants notified: 9 November 2018

  • Projects start from: 1 January 2019

  • Projects end by: 31 March 2019

Who can apply?

Any size businesses with any type of measurement or analysis problem are able to apply. The programme is expected to appeal to manufacturing companies, especially those involved in complex supply chains, but companies applying may be from any sector.

Why collaborate with NPL?

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, our expertise and innovations can provide creative solutions, reduce the need for in-house resources, lower technical risk and can deliver revenue, time and cost savings for businesses across many different industries.

Find out more about how NPL has helped customers improve productivity, accelerate innovation and save on resources.

Tapping into the great depth of expertise at NPL has been invaluable in helping us understand the measurement challenges we are faced with, and enabled us to incorporate some significant improvements into system design."

– Michael Gois
Chief Technical Officer, Senceive

Customer case studies 

NPL has already helped a wide range of businesses to improve productivity, accelerate innovation and save on resources:

Significant savings for precision engineering company
Support from NPL has helped SME Anglia CNC Engineering (ACE) improve its manufacturing processes and is expected to save the company at least £50k a year.

Accurately demonstrating the reliability of product through specialist measurement techniques
NPL worked with UK company Luminanz to help them accurately demonstrate the reliability of their LED products through specialised temperature measurement techniques.

Casting company secures multimillion-pound contract
NPL's Product Verification team worked with Stone Foundries to demonstrate capabilities to a potential new customer.



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