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Creating impact from science and engineering

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

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Innovate UK Analysis for Innovators

Round 12 is now open for applications until 3 January – find out how your business could benefit.

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AI Standards Hub

Dedicated to knowledge sharing, capacity building, and world-leading research, the Hub aims to build a vibrant and diverse community around AI standards.

AI Standards hub

The NPL Quantum Programme annual report

Read about the substantial progress made to date across the programme’s objectives in our NPL Quantum Programme Annual Report.

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UK Telecoms Lab

The state of the art telecoms security lab, established by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and operated by NPL.

UK telecoms Lab

Innovation in action

Our science helps save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure. For over a century, we have worked with industry to encourage innovation and translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life.

In this digital age, our world-leading measurement science provides confidence in data and enables innovation and international trade to flourish. We develop the metrology required to ensure the timely and successful deployment of new technologies.

Are you a UK SME with a product or service in development?

Find out how Measurement for Business could help you

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News and views

The latest from the NPL press team.

News and press

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey, enabling us to work more closely with the academic community.

Strategic partners

Enduring capability

As the UK's National Metrology Institute, the NPL maintains the national primary measurement standards and ensures a resilient metrology capability for UK enterprise. Our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can rely on the work we do.

We invest in people and places, ensuring NPL is recognised as a great place to work and create opportunities to embed metrology skills throughout the UK.


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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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