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Innovation in time dissemination and application

Call for funding applications now open through Innovate UK and NPL initiative


Through our National Timing Centre (NTC) programme, we are providing innovation opportunities for UK companies through funding projects. To achieve this NPL is working with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £2 million in feasibility studies for innovation in the dissemination and application of resilient time, frequency and synchronisation.

This is the first of two competitions with a total budget of £6.7 million. This first round of funding is for feasibility studies from 4-6 months with total project costs between £50,000 and £250,000. The following round will offer the opportunity for demonstration projects.

This investment is being delivered by Innovate UK and is funded by the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) as part of our National Timing Centre programme.

Who is the competition open to?

This opportunity is for business-led, single or collaborative projects and is open to all UK based organisations.

Projects involving cross-sector technologies, such as those contributing to telecommunication technologies or timing over digital networks, are of particular interest. As are projects that include one or more industry sectors.

Example sectors include, but are not limited to, telecommunications, energy, autonomy, finance, smart factories, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), broadcast, health, space, and transport including rail, road, aviation, maritime.

What will the competition include?

The competition will:

  • Support and enable industry-led innovation across the UK supply chain for resilient time, frequency and synchronisation (TFS) including, products, services and end user applications
  • Develop a TFS ecosystem and capability for all relevant industries and critical national infrastructure
  • Disrupt and create new markets to improve the provision of TFS

Access to NPL’s world-leading expertise and facilities

NPL’s time and frequency experts will offer the following to successful projects:

  • Free technical consultancy of up to 12 hours
  • Free access to highly accurate and traceable time and frequency signals from four locations in the South East of England. These will include an experimental test facility and validation in addition to the characterisation capabilities.

The key areas for development will be:

  • Distribution
  • Trust, assurance and security
  • Resilience

How to apply

Applications are submitted through Innovate UK, click here for further details.
Applications will be accepted from the 19th April 2021 to the 9th June 2021. Following your submission, you will be notified of your application status by the 30th July 2021.

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To find out more about what’s on offer directly from funding programme leads from NPL and Innovate UK, register for the upcoming Innovate UK briefing event.

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