A4I Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July. UK businesses of any size can get access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities.
After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July.
KTN is running a competition briefing event in London on 31 July and a webcast for those unable to make it in person. The detailed scope of Round 5 will be released in mid-July and there are two roadshow events being held in the run-up to the competition opening. Details of all the events are below.
“The focus for the scheme is on solving issues affecting product costs, reliability and lifetime or production problems,” says Business Development Manager, Lynn Hunter. “It is an excellent opportunity for UK businesses to access expertise, support and advice from the leading measurement organisations in the UK.”
Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, is eligible to apply to the A4I programme. As it 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.
The application process for the A4I initiative is straightforward, with companies asked to send in a short video describing the problem they need to solve. Any organisation that is short-listed for the programme then goes through to a further selection stage.
TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has already supported a number of projects through this programme, including testing of an innovative non-invasive clamp-on metering technology.
A4I is a programme that gives UK businesses of any size access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities to help solve problems that they have been unable to tackle using standard technologies and techniques. It might be around product reliability, cost or product lifetime. TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is one of the organisations in the UK’s National Measurement System, that support the programme, the others being NPL, NML and the STFC.
Overview of the A4I programmes and examples of previous projects
19 July, NPL, Teddington
23 July, Rutherford Appleton Labs, Oxford
31 July, London, competition briefing event
31 July, webcast