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NPL and UKRI investment for innovation in time resilience, dissemination and application.
Funding of up to £4.7 million available through joint initiative, call for applications now open.

Effective delivery of public services

NPL's role as the UK's National Metrology Institute and a public sector research establishment is to support government policy. We work with departments and agencies, including the Met Office, the Environment Agency and the NHS to enable them to make evidence-based decisions for the safe and effective delivery of public services.

We use our expertise to inform government policy and recently led the development of the UK Measurement Strategy with other UK measurement laboratories. Accurate measurement and standards underpin trade and are essential to increasing UK productivity and growth.

The work we do addresses the national challenges  and the delivery of the government’s industrial strategy. Many of our collaborative research and development projects help to address the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenge areas of clean growth, AI and data, the future of mobility and aging society. For example, our research ranges from improving the accuracy of air quality emissions monitoring, to developing new hydrogen technologies to designing new ways to map tumours in cancer. We are building the UK’s capabilities to test and verify products and services in new and emerging areas of technology such as quantum communications and 5G.

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Government submissions

NPL uses its cutting-edge R&D and innovation expertise to contribute to Government policy. We provide technical solutions to policy needs, offer independent advice and undertake economic analysis.

Government submissions

NPL evidence and analysis

We undertake regular economic analysis and evaluation of NPL, the National Measurement System and research and development strategy.

NPL evidence and analysis

Research programmes

As a public laboratory and the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL leads and participates in a number of government funded projects including the Analysis for Innovators programme, AMPI, the National Timing Centre programme and the NPL Quantum Programme. We use leading measurement science and expertise to create impact throughout the nation.

Research programmes

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Supporting the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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