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Analysis for innovators: Phase 1 expression of interest


UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3million to address measurement and analysis problems with one or more analysis partner organisations.

UK Businesses will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £3million in innovation projects.

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK experts and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

Successful applicants at this expression of interest (EoI) phase will be invited to brokerage sessions with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners, arranged by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). These will focus on approaches to solve the applicant’s problem.

This is phase 1 of a two-phase competition.

Phase 1 is an expression of interest.

Phase 2 is dependent on the success of phase 1. Successful applicants in phase 1 are invited to work with A4I funding partners to suggest joint projects to develop solutions for phase 2.

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Up to £3million 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)

The aim of this competition is to help businesses address analysis and measurement problems affecting an existing product, process or service. For example, to analyse why a certain percentage defect rate is occurring within an existing production process. These are problems that are best explored by experts and cutting-edge facilities available in the UK.

You must outline what you consider to be the benefits of solving your problem, such as improved productivity or competitiveness.

Innovate UK will only consider problems that:

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

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

In addition to Innovate UK’s standard assessment, experts from the A4I partner organisations will assess whether they have a potential approach to solving your problem.

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £25,000 and £300,000.

Projects must end by 31 March 2021. They can last between three and 12 months.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-based business of any size
  • Be prepared to work with and discuss your problem with one or more Analysis for Innovators (A4I) funding partners
  • Carry out its project work in the UK

Any one business can apply into the first stage with up to two applications.

Innovate UK have allocated up to £3million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • Up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 50% if you are a large business

In this competition, Innovate UK will not consider problems that:

  • Are not measurement or analysis problems
  • They consider to be resolvable with easily available methods, such as those that do not require any innovative or cutting-edge science or facilities
  • Are not related to a company’s existing processes, products or services
  • Relate to the development of a new product, software application or service

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.