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Measurement for Business (M4B)

Access to experts to accelerate innovation

Are you a UK company that qualifies for M4B funding?

NPL has launched Measurement for Business (M4B) to give you access to our specialist measurement science and engineering experts and facilities, at no charge, to help your business grow. 

NPL’s expertise can accelerate your product or service getting to market. Our measurement experts can give confidence in your data, opening doors with potential investors. 

Applying is quick and straightforward

M4B is currently open to application from SME’s who fit either of the following criteria:

  • Any sector within Greater Manchester and Yorkshire region (please view the list of eligible postcodes).
  • Companies developing semiconductor technology

Greater Manchester and Yorkshire

For SMEs in this region, to enable innovation and reduce risk. To apply, complete a short online form.

Apply now


For companies developing technology in compound semiconductors, emerging new semiconductor materials and advanced packaging who need help with characterisation, process control, quality, and performance assessment.

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Why apply for M4B?

  • Access to world leading NPL experts and facilities – tailored to your needs, up to a maximum of 20 days at no charge.
  • Investigate the feasibility of innovative products and services.
  • Accelerate your product’s progress along the development pathway.
  • Increased confidence in data to validate performance and demonstrate adherence to standards.
  • Support decision making and reduce risk with trusted data from NPL

Is my business eligible?

To be considered for M4B you must:

  • Be a UK registered SME at Companies House
  • Have a product or service that is pre-market
  • Be within your Minimal Financial Assistance allocation (previously referred to as Special Drawing Rights) of less than £315,000 of government funding over a rolling three-year financial period.

This programme does not support routine measurement and test services available commercially from NPL or other suppliers.

M4B is currently open to applications from SMEs from any sector within the Greater Manchester and Yorkshire region (please view the list of eligible postcodes).

Any questions, please contact the M4B team.

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Is your business in a different region?

Tell us today if your business would be interested in applying for M4B in the future.

Register your interest

How does the programme work?


NPL has a proven track record in running similar programmes such as Measurement for Recovery (M4R) to boost businesses productivity and accelerate innovation during the pandemic.

Find out more about the impact of M4R here

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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.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070