Innovate UK’s “Analysis for Innovators” Competition (A4I) will open soon.
Innovate UK will be hosting a series of Roadshow events around the UK to explain the programme and how it differs from other Innovate UK Competitions.
The Analysis for Innovators (A4I) programme is different in that it targets competitiveness and productivity head on, by offering cutting edge R&D, expertise and facilities to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business.
This could be an issue of precision or accuracy of measurement on a production line for example, which you have been unable to solve using standard available technologies and techniques.
Any size businesses with any type of measurement or analysis problem are able to apply.
Innovate UK’s partners on this programme run some of the most advanced facilities in UK. They are:-
- National Physical Laboratory http://www.npl.co.uk/
- Science Technology Facilities Council https://www.stfc.ac.uk/ (Facilities https://www.stfc.ac.uk/research/our-science-facilities/ )
- National Engineering Laboratory http://www.tuvnel.com/
- LGC Ltd (formerly know as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist) http://www.lgcgroup.com/
The expertise will be through initial free technical consultancy brokered to successful applicants to A4I, and then offer financial support to allow industry access to their unique facilities and expertise in optional follow-on R&D projects.
Innovate UK expect the programme to particularly appeal to manufacturing companies, especially those involved in complex supply chains, but companies applying may be from any sector.
The competition will open in March 18 with Roadshows in February and March to explain the programme in terms of scope, the application process and schedule.
A4I processes have been revised from the first A4I programme run in 2017, so attend the roadshows even if you have attended a previous roadshow.
- First Stage, you will need to describe the problem: its nature, any techniques you have already tried and the value to your business of solving it.
- Second Stage, brokered consultancy sessions for addressing the problem. These sessions may lead to follow-on projects, and a number of funding options.
To Register Click HERE
WHEN:20th February 2018 – 09:30 – 16:00
WHERE: Cardiff – Wales Principality Stadium
SOURCE:Business Wales Events Finder