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Innovate UK Analysis
for Innovators

Enabling innovation and improving productivity and competitiveness for UK businesses

Access cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities

Innovate UK Analysis for Innovators enables innovation and improves productivity and competitiveness for UK businesses. 

UK businesses can apply to access cutting-edge R&D expertise and work with world-leading scientists and research facilities, to solve technical analysis or measurement problems that are holding back innovation.

The programme  is led by Innovate UK, in partnership with NPL and other laboratories. This popular funding programme is launching its thirteenth round and has so far funded more than 460 projects.

Round 13 now closed

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Find out more about Analysis for Innovators

Who is involved?

Analysis for Innovators is an investment from Innovate UK and NPL to fund small collaborative innovation projects with the Analysis for Innovators partners:

  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at Laboratory of the Government Chemist Group (LGC)
  • National Engineering Laboratory (NEL)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • National Gear Metrology Lab (GEARS)
  • Newton Gateway to Mathematics
  • Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE 2020+)
  • Henry Royce Institute (HRI)

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

The Analysis for Innovators 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.

Who can apply?

You must be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with any type of measurement or analysis problem 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 Metrology 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.

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

The A4I project has been invaluable in unlocking world-leading facilities and expertise which would have otherwise been inaccessible to us. The knowledge gained helped us overcome a problem in our manufacturing process, improving the durability of our fuel cell and making it a much more competitive technology.

Erik Engebretsen - Head of Engineering, Bramble Energy

How Analysis for Innovators has made a difference

Analysis for Innovators has helped 235 UK companies to better understand their problems since 2017, helping them to:

  • Improve reliability of products, services and processes
  • Improve performance of existing products
  • Improve manufacturing output
  • Reduce rejection rates and costs
  • Demonstrate the meeting of standards and specifications
  • Access new markets

Analysis of the programme tells us that:

  • 87% of companies said that their commercial opportunity has greatly or moderately increased as a result of their Analysis for Innovators project
  • Companies expect sales, licensing and cost reductions of up to £585 million.


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Read our Analysis for Innovators case studies to find out how NPL has helped customers improve productivity, accelerate innovation and save on resources. 

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Adaptix are developing low-dose, affordable 3D imaging and worked with NPL as part of the Analysis for Innovators initiative. Find out how they benefited from the relations built with NPL.

Adaptix experience


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Smith & Nephew

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