Funding Programme - NPL
Jan 10 2017 Comments 0
A new funding programme, Analysis for Innovators (A4I), offers cutting edge R&D, expertise and facilities to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem. A share of £6.5 million is available for any UK business to work with world-leading organisations, such as NPL, on solutions that will boost productivity and competitiveness. The competition is open until noon on 1 February and a briefing event is being held on Thursday 12 January. Successful stage 1 applicants must be available to attend mandatory consortium-building events.
The ultimate aim of the programme is to improve companies' overall performance by offering funding and measurement and analysis expertise for projects that can show a positive business impact through solving an existing problem. Types of problems might include:
- improving products through better understanding and control of structure, mechanism or function
- undesirable variation in product or process performance
- repeated unexplained product failures
- extension of asset in-service life
- improving quality and throughput of products
Innovate UK has allocated £3M to fund innovation projects in this competition, and NPL has itself allocated £2M towards the total £6.5M.
The call is open to all sizes of companies and sectors. To be eligible to be involved in an Analysis for Innovators project, you must:
- be a UK-based business
- carry out your project in the UK
- work with one of the four partner organisations, of which NPL is one, in Stage 2
For details visit www.npl.co.uk
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