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Analysis for Innovators (A4I)

Fund Name

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 12 – stage 1

Project Length

3-6 months

Project Value

£15k - £100k



The aim of this competition is to help businesses address their existing analysis and measurement problems. These are problems that can be best explored by scientists and cutting-edge facilities available in the UK.

This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. No funding is awarded at this stage.

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Fund details

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

You must outline any methods and attempts that you have previously tried to address the problem. Do not propose how the problem should be solved.

Analysis problems cannot be simply software-related, for example, pure data analysis.

As part of your application, you must include a short video, up to 2 minutes long. You must use the Innovate UK Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Video platform to record your video and then provide a link in your application.

Innovate UK’s analysis for innovators (A4I) partners:

  • the National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • the National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist Group (LGC)
  • the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL)
  • the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • National Gear Metrology Lab (GEARS)
  • Newton Gateway to Mathematics
  • Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE 2020+)
  • Henry Royce Institute (HRI)


Your application must:

  • meet the A4I problem scope requirements
  • relate to work being undertaken in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • involve at least one of the A4I partner organisations
  • indicate a stage 2 project duration of between 3 and 6 months
  • indicate a stage 2 project start date of between 1 September 2024 and 1 December 2024

Confirmation of your stage 2 project duration and start date will be agreed upon with your A4I partner during brokerage following a successful stage 1 application.

The funded stage 2 of this competition will be in two strands:

  • grant funding in strand 1 will be awarded as Minimal Financial assistance (MFA)
  • grant funding in strand 2 will be match-funded but contributions made by A4I partners will count towards your company’s MFA limit
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