National Physical Laboratory

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Roadshow 2019

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Do you want to solve an issue that is impacting your productivity and sales? It might be a problem with product reliability, manufacturability/cost of product or product lifetime.

Book onto one of our briefing events to hear more about the A4I programme in advance of the £4m competition opening in February.

A4I gives UK businesses access to cutting-edge R&D, expertise and facilities to help solve analysis or measurement problems that can't be cracked using standard technologies and techniques. This popular funding programme is aimed at businesses of any size and, in the first instance, you only need to explain your problem to apply.

Roadshow dates/locations:

The roadshows will explain the A4I programme and highlight some of the successes from previous funding rounds:

  • 29 January – Harwell Campus, Oxford (venue tbc)  Register here

  • 31 January – Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH  Register here

  • 4 February – National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW  Register here

  • 5 February – Welsh Government Office, QED Centre, Treforest, CF37 5YR  Register here

  • 7 February – Glasgow (venue tbc)  Register here

  • 12 February – NIACE Centre, 5 Airport Road, Belfast, BT3 9EF  Register here

  • 15 February – NPL North, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD  Register here

  • 27 February – Hallam Conference Centre, Hallam Street, London, UK  Register here for Competition Briefing event

Who is involved?

A4I is an investment from Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, alongside 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).

Together the funding partners run some of the most advanced facilities, techniques and technologies available in the world. A4I matches the best UK scientists and facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems.

The A4I programme differs from other funding competitions, targeting competitiveness and productivity head on it offers cutting edge R&D, expertise and facilities to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business.

To receive further information about this programme as it becomes available, please register your interest.

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:

NPL helps Adaptix develop innovative materials for low-cost 3D medical imaging
Adaptix is developing an innovative new technology which could revolutionise medical imaging.

NPL analysis extends lifetime of new low-cost fuel cell
Bramble Energy has designed a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell which can be produced cheaply using manufacturing methods and materials from the printed circuit board (PCB) industry.

Piston ring manufacturer doubles throughput
NPL helped PPUK understand chrome plating process and make major efficiency improvements.



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