The latest round of the Analysis for Innovators (A4I) programme has now opened.

The programme is ran by Innovate UK and its partners, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), National Measurement System (NEL), LGC and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A total of up to £3m is available in Round 3 but you need to be quick to take advantage of this opportunity as the first stage of problem submission closes at noon on 6 September.

A4I is a very different programme; 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 problems industry has within existing products and processes.  As such, it is of interest to companies that may not have traditionally considered applying for funding.  Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, is eligible to apply.  This is your chance to have world class scientists and experts look at that difficult problem you’ve had in the company, perhaps for some time.

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 and webinar are being organised in London by KTN on 3 September.  You can register here.

The competition guidance document and the IFS online application form can be found here.

A pre-briefing webinar was held on 16th August and a recording of that is available.  If you can’t wait to find out more and want to have maximum time to apply, please contact Nigel Rix at KTN.

The first two rounds of the Analysis for Innovators programme have helped many companies to overcome problems that limit productivity by helping companies to use the expertise and facilities at NPL, LGC, NEL and STFC. Examples of the companies that were funded under A4I Round 1 can be found at: Analysis for Innovators winning projects.

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