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Analysis for Innovators (A4I)

Work with NPL to solve your measurement problems

Analysis for Innovators (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. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. A4I has funded more than 100 projects.

​The A4I programme is currently closed. Our new Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme is an NPL-led programme that can help boost your company’s competitiveness and resilience. Now open for applications.


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

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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.

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 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.

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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

Further information

Read our A4I case studies to find out how NPL has helped customers improve productivity, accelerate innovation and save on resources. 


Working with NPL: the customer view

Adaptix are developing low-dose, affordable 3D imaging and worked with NPL as part of the A4I initiative. Find out how they benefited from the relations built with NPL.

Adaptix experience