The A4I programme supports UK companies by offering access to world-leading experts and cutting-edge facilities.

 Up to £4 million in collaborative innovation projects will be invested by:

  • Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation;
  • the National Physical Laboratory (NPL);
  • the National Measurement Laboratory at LGC; 
  • the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) and;
  • the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

These projects will help UK companies solve existing analysis and measurement problems, to improve their productivity and competitiveness. A4I will only consider problems that:

are related to the measurement or analysis of some quantities or properties of an existing process, product or serviceare not effectively solvable by simple ‘off the shelf’ methods or techniques

To be eligible for funding for projects you must:

be a UK based businesscarry out your project work in the UKintend to exploit the results from the UK

The programme is in two phases:

Phase 1:
Opens- 25 th February 2019
Closes- 20 th March 2019 at noon
Apply online
Submit a video, up to 3 minutes long, demonstrating the problem you would like help with.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend confidential brokerage sessions with one or more A4I partner organisations. If a potential solution exists within one or more of the partner organisations,
partners will work with you on proposals to submit to phase 2 of this competition.

Phase 2:
Opens- 15 th April 2019
Closes- 5 th June 2019 at noon
The application is split into 2 sections:
Application detailsApplication questions

If your application is successful at Phase 2 projects will start in September 2019 and last up to 12 months.

Successful phase 2 applications will be grant funded through matched funding to work with the relevant A4I funding partners. Projects can have up to £300,000 total eligible project costs, with the expectation that most projects to have total eligible costs of up to £120,000.