Analysis for innovators round 3: mini projects

Competition Briefing & Webcast

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Monday, 3 September 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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3 Sep 2018 Free

The latest round of the A4I programme from Innovate UK and its partners (NPL, NEL, LGC & STFC) has now opened with up to £3m is available in total for Round 3. De-minimis and matched grant funding options will be available for successful Round 3 A4I projects.

The competition guidance document and the online application form can be found here.

A4I is a very different programme from Innovate UK – as it is designed to help UK businesses address difficult problems that restrict their potential productivity and competitiveness.  The scope is very wide (chemical, physical, biological and computing) but the problems must be of a measurement or analysis nature.

A4I targets real industry problems that exist with existing products and processes. As such it is of interest to companies that have not traditionally considered applying for funding. Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, are eligible to apply.

To submit a problem to Stage 1, you simply have 4 questions to answer:

1)    What is the problem;

2)    What have you tried before if anything to solve it;

3)    What do you estimate the savings to the business would be if this problem is solved and why;

4)    State the location and password of a short video uploaded which helps describe your problem, if you want to record one.

Programme

9:30 Registration

10:30 Competition Briefing

13:00 Lunch & Networking

14:00 to 17:00 1:1 Advice on Competition Scope and How to Make a Successful Application

Not able to attend? The scope and competition process presentations will be available via webcast and you can register to join this section of the day by selecting the ‘WEBCAST ONLY’ ticket.

Competition Overview

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 3 – Pathfinder Projects

The latest round of the A4I programme from Innovate UK and its partners (NPL, NEL, LGC & STFC) has now opened with up to £3M funding available for Round 3 projects.  De-minimis and matched grant funding options will be available for successful projects.

But you need to be quick to take advantage of this opportunity as the first stage of problem submission closes at noon on Thursday 6th September.   Fortunately, the initial application process is a short online application where you just enter details of the problem that you want assistance to solve.

To learn more about the programme and prepare applications for this call, a Competition Briefing Event (and Webinar) is being held in London on 3rd September.  You can register at: A4I Round 3 Competition Briefing 

 

A4I is a very different programme from Innovate UK – it is designed to help UK businesses address difficult problems that restrict their potential productivity and competitiveness.  The scope is very wide (chemical, physical, biological and computing) but the problems must be of a measurement or analysis nature.  A4I targets real industry problems that exist with existing products and processes. As such it is of interest to companies that have not traditionally considered applying for funding. Any size of business, with any type of measurement or analysis problem, are eligible to apply.

The first two rounds of the Analysis for Innovators programme have helped many companies to overcome problems that limit productivity by helping companies to use the expertise and facilities at NPL, LGC, NEL and STFC. Examples of the companies that were funded under A4I Round 1 can be found at: Analysis for Innovators winning projects

The competition guidance document and the online application form for A4I Round 3 are at: Competition Details, Scope and Application Process.

To submit a problem to Stage 1 of the competition, you simply have 3 questions to answer:

1)  What is the problem?

2)  What have you tried, if anything to solve it?

3)  What do you estimate the impact to the business would be if this problem is solved.

We are looking for increased profitability, increased turnover or cost savings?

In addition you can upload a brief video that illustrates the problem.

Round 3 of A4I is designed to give companies a head-start on addressing problems, using “Pathfinder” mini projects.

But, if you can’t wait to find out more and want to have maximum time to apply,

please contact Nigel Rix (nigel.rix@ktn-uk.org.uk) at the Knowledge Transfer Network for help.

Further information

Description

Up to £3 million in small 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 (formerly known as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist)
  • the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) and
  • the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

These projects will help UK companies solve analysis and measurement problems, to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists 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.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) stage.

Successful applicants at this EoI stage will be invited to consultations with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners. These will focus on how to approach solving their problem. They will also work together to propose joint projects to develop solutions.

Successful stage 2 applications will be grant funded, through matched funding or de minimis, to work with the relevant funding partner organisations.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

Stage 2 projects could be funded up to £200,000, but we expect most to be funded under de minimis at a value of up to £50,000. Inital discussions will be held Sept 2018. Projects must start by January 2019, end by 31 March 2019 and last up to 3 months.

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