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Funding to fix manufacturing problems

Funding to fix manufacturing problems
Expert help to solve manufacturing problems

After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 will open on the 29 July.

A4I is a programme that gives UK businesses of any size access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities to help solve manufacturing problems that they have been unable to tackle using standard technologies and techniques. It might be around product reliability, cost or product lifetime. Training, consultancy and product testing are all permissible under this Innovate UK funded programme.

Key to the success of A4I are brokerage meetings that are arranged between the companies and experts from the A4I partners. These meetings allow the company to discuss their problem with experts who want to work with the company to address the problem, among them Sharing in Growth delivery experts NPL as well as organisations such as the National Engineering Laboratory and the Laboratory of Government Chemists.

There is up to £300K worth of grant available per submission and companies can have multiple submissions if needed. According to Neil McCarthy of NPL: “Although the details have not yet been released, the usual submission process is for a company to submit a short video outlining the problem.  The company then attends a ‘matching’ day with an expert partner to decide if any of the partners can assist with the problem.”

The detailed scope of Round 5 will be released in mid-July and the main competition briefing will be held in London on the 31 July. Prior to the competition opening, there will be a series of roadshow events organised during July. Please click on the locations below for details:

19 July at National Physical Laboratory in Teddington

22 July at thestudio… in Glasgow

23 July at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford

24 July at Hartree Centre in STFC Daresbury

31 July at Hallam Conference Centre in London (Available via webcast)

To receive further information as it becomes available, please click to register your interest.

This round closes on the 4 September.