Future operation of the National Physical Laboratory - Update
Following the announcement of the decision by the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, to change the operational model of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at the end of the current contract, there has been considerable market testing of the new partnership approach.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued a document to launch a competition to identify the initial partner to work with BIS in the future ownership and operation of NPL. Further information can be found on the National Measurement Office's website.
This is a unique opportunity to build an exciting new partnership for the future of NPL.
The launch document sets out:
- A vision to establish a long-term strategic partnership with one or more academic institutions or applied research organisations to own and operate NPL and to create a vibrant campus around NPL in Teddington.
- The requirements for a partnership of equals with BIS.
- The first phase of a two-phase partnership selection process which aims to settle on an initial partner that will bring complementary high-quality science to the Teddington site and strong leadership of NPL. Further partner(s) will then be selected to ensure effective and balanced governance.
As in the Minister's original statement, the new partnership will be committed to growing our science, its impact and our third party work, with the additional aspiration of further developing the site as a vibrant science, technology and innovation campus with a focus on measurement science for industry.
We remain committed to all our partnerships and customers and look forward to continuing to grow our business both scientifically and commercially.