Analysisfor Innovators is a new funding programme that 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.
Since this is addressing real problems you have with existing processes in your business, Innovate UK believe it will be of interest to companies that previously didn't consider applying for R&D funding. Any size business with any type of measurement or analysis problem are able to apply.
Innovate UK have partners on this programme - NPL, STFC, NEL & LGC - who run some of the most advanced cutting edge facilities, techniques and technologies available in the world, here in the UK. They will be making these available to successful applicants to A4I to do R&D to solve analysis and measurement problems. 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.
Analysis for Innovators (A4I) won't open until January 2017, but Innovate UK and KTN are running a special series of roadshow events around the UK in the two months before Christmas to explain the programme and how it differs from our other funding competitions, both in terms of its scope and the application process and schedule.
A4I will be run as a two stage scheme, and at the first stage, they are not requiring you to describe the project that you want to do; instead you will need to describe the problem: its nature, any techniques you have already tried and the value to your business of solving it.
This very different approach means that a very different application process will be necessary. Come and hear about the £6.5m competition and a different approach to Innovate UK funding at the A4I Roadshows being held across the UK during November and December.