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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.


Energy and environment

We help the UK to get more value from existing networks, renewables and low-carbon technologies.

Energy and environment

Measurement for Recovery

Building confidence in the future

Specialist science, engineering advice and facilities that is making a difference to UK industry.

Measurement for Recovery

Coronavirus COVID-19

Following the Government announcement on Monday 5 January 2021 that England will enter a third national lockdown, we would like to confirm that NPL will continue to be operational and able to undertake our full scope of activities across all products and services, plus our research activities. Our priorities remain the safety of our staff, and that we continue to support industry with meeting the challenges associated with the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

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NPL and Innovate UK to boost business-led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation

Funding of up to £2 million available through joint initiative, call for applications now open.

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Advanced engineering materials webinars

Our series of technical webinars provides guidance and best practice on a range of testing and applications.

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Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 


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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey, enabling us to work more closely with the academic community.

Strategic partners

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.


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Our Time & Frequency and Quantum departments are growing

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Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.


Work with us

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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