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Our science and engineering makes a difference to some of the biggest national and international challenges
NPL undertakes excellent science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK and provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life. Our expertise is crucial in researching, developing and testing new products and processes.
NPL is the UK's National Metrology Institute. We develop and maintain the national primary measurement standards, provide the national measurement infrastructure and deliver the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Metrology improves the effectiveness and efficiency of science and trust in its outcomes, which in turn unlocks the potential of innovation, allowing faster routes to market. Evidence-based policy, regulation and decision making are heavily reliant on measurements and data, and NPL is key in providing and digitising that measurement infrastructure.
NPL works in four strategic areas, which align with the UK’s current and future requirements.
Creating and delivering measurement solutions to improve performance
Helping the UK to embrace new technologies with confidence - 5G, quantum, simulation testing, synthetic biology, IoT and AI
Science that provides confidence in net zero and the climate response
Supporting the bioeconomy and accelerating healthcare innovation
We have a multi-disciplinary team with a broad range of experience who work closely with Government, industry and academia to tackle the challenges facing our society.
Using metrology, or measurement science, NPL can make a real difference. Our programmes are based on extensive feedback from customers, government and technical experts, and draw upon NPL’s Foresighting activity which informs our long-term thinking. They address:
We conduct economic assessments of all research and development programmes led by NPL as well as the activities delivered through the National Measurement System. View some recent NPL reports:
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