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Measurement for Recovery (M4R)

Building confidence in the future

World-class measurement science and engineering expertise for UK companies

NPL and our National Measurement Laboratory partners are providing access to world-class specialist measurement science and engineering support, advice and facilities for UK companies.

Through our Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme, we have helped organisations address a range of issues including design, manufacturing, production and processing, regulatory compliance and product development. Our experts have supported projects that deliver innovation, uncover efficiencies and bring confidence to decision making and investment to drive growth for UK industry.

NPL is working with partner National Measurement Laboratories from the National Measurement System.

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What successful applicants are saying about M4R

We had no budget to conduct any of this, so when we found the funding opportunity with NPL that was a great moment. M4R has been a big risk reducer for us.”

“NPL has helped us to become more efficient (time and cost) in our product development by increasing their characterisation process whilst maintaining social distancing and reduced staff working.”

Working with NPL gave us access to the latest chemical analysis technology which allowed us to solve a problem well beyond our capabilities and identify a solution. This overcame a major roadblock to manufacturing the final product on a commercial scale.

Tim Dwyer - Research and Development Director at AgPlus Diagnostics

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Case studies


SteelRock created a capability to counter the threat of unauthorised drone usage. With NPL they were able to commercialise the product, which is safe to operate, safe to the surrounding environment and effective in identifying its target


Developing innovative materials for low-cost 3D medical imaging. Adaptix has developed a solution to the combined shortcomings of existing technologies: a novel X-ray source that allows low-cost, truly portable 3D scans.

Measurement for Recovery eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • A UK company registered at Companies House
  • Within your de minimis allocation (less than €200,000 of government funding over a three-year period)
  • The limit for M4R support is three projects during this financial year, so if you have previously accepted three or more M4R support projects during the financial year 20/21 you are ineligible

  • Companies who fit the criteria can apply using our online form.
    This programme does not pay for standard measurement and test services available commercially by NPL or other suppliers.

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    Who is involved?

    Together we have some of the most advanced facilities, techniques and technologies available in the world and we can match the best scientists and facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems.

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    Work with us

    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