The latest round of the A4I programme from Innovate UK and its partners (NPL, NEL, LGC & STFC) has now opened!
A total of up to £3million is available in this round, but you need to be fleet of foot to take full advantage of this funding as the opening stage of submission closes at noon on September 6th.
A4I is a very different programme from Innovate UK as it is designed to help UK businesses address difficult problems that restrict their potential productivity and competitiveness. The scope is very wide (chemical, physical, biological and computing) but the problems must be of a measurement or analysis nature.
A4I targets real industry problems that exist with existing products and processes. As such it should be of interest to companies that have not traditionally considered applying for funding. Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, are eligible to apply.
Examples of the companies that were funded under A4I Round 1 can be found here: Analysis for Innovators winning projects
Round 3 of A4I is designed to give companies a head-start on addressing problems, using 'Pathfinder' mini projects. To learn more about the programme and prepare applications for this call, a briefing event is being organised in London (and webcast) on 3rd September. A pre-briefing webinar was held on 16th August and a recording of that is available here. If you can't wait to find out more and want to have maximum time to apply, please contact Nigel Rix (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Knowledge Transfer Network.
For more details, visit National Measurement System, where you will find TUV SUD NEL involvement detail and also the funding application process.