Dates for the third round of the Analysis for Innovators (A4I) funding programme have just been announced. The programme offers cutting edge R&D expertise and facilities to UK companies that have an analysis or measurement problem they need to solve.
The programme opened for submissions on the 22nd August, and submissions must be in by the 6th September. Application is straightforward, with companies asked to send in a short video describing the problem they need to solve and answer a few brief questions. Any organisation that is short-listed for the programme will then need to go through a further selection stage later in the year.
For full details on the programme and how to apply please go to the Funding Competition page.
“Any size of business with any type of measurement or analysis problem is eligible to apply,” says Head of R&D at TUV SUD NEL, Martin Hanton. “As A4I addresses real problems in existing processes within businesses, it should be of interest to companies that traditionally would not consider applying for R&D funding. To make it easy to apply, the first stage of selection only requires brief answers to a couple of questions and a short descriptive video which will probably be made on a mobile phone.”
Funded by Innovate UK, the A4I programme targets competitiveness and productivity directly. It supports companies by helping them access the cutting-edge R&D, expertise and facilities available from the National Measurement Service partners NEL, NPL, LGC and STFC. There have been two highly successful previous rounds of the A4I programme in 2017 and early 2018.
NEL has already supported one project through this programme, applying its expertise in flow modelling to a ground-breaking device designed to help doctors assess the health of many of the body’s major organs.
“We worked with the company behind the system, Gold Standard Phantoms, and alongside the National Physical Laboratory,” explains Martin. “Our input gave the company insights into how CFD could be used to validate their approach.”
To promote the next round of the programme, NEL recently hosted an event with Innovate UK and NPL to highlight how businesses can benefit from the A4I programme and other public sector funding streams.
For further details, contact Dr Martin Hanton.