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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.


Innovation in time resilience, dissemination and application

Competition now open

Through our National Timing Centre (NTC) programme we provide innovation opportunities for UK companies. We are working with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £4.7 million in innovation projects that contribute to resilient time, frequency and synchronisation and its dissemination and application.

Access to NPL’s world-leading expertise and facilities

The offer for successful competition applicants includes:

  • Access to highly accurate and traceable time and frequency reference signals
  • Up to 12 hours of NPL consultancy support, at no charge

The key areas for development are:

  • Resilience
  • Distribution
  • Trust, assurance and security
  • Integration and processing of signals

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted through Innovate UK and will be accepted from 14 March 2022 to 1 June 2022.

Following your submission, you will be notified of your application status by 8 July 2022.

Two types of projects are eligible for funding:

For feasibility projects apply here

For demonstration projects apply here


Innovation in time resilience, dissemination and application networking event

5 April 14.00 – 18.00

Innovate UK KTN will be hosting a networking and showcase event in time dissemination.  The in-person event will provide insights into the National Timing Centre programme and showcase previously funded feasibility studies.

Register here


The National Timing Centre (NTC) programme is paving the way for trusted and assured time and frequency across the UK.

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