Businesses can apply for a share of £6.5 million to work with world-leading organisations on solutions for analysis/measurement problems.

Innovate UK, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), LGC (formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist) and NEL (formerly the National Engineering Laboratory) are to invest up to £6.5 million in innovation projects to improve business performance and productivity through the use of advanced analytical technologies.

The aim of this 2-stage competition is to help companies overcome intractable product or process performance problems through advanced analytical technologies.

Proposals should clearly outline the problem faced by the business. They should also show the value to the business of solving that problem, both in terms of financial and operational performance.

At stage 1, companies do not need to know what work they need to do to solve the problem. Establishing this is part of the competition process.

We expect projects to range in size, from total costs of £30,000 to £250,000. Projects should last between 3 and 11 months.

If you are a company, you can apply on your own, but the project will involve collaborating with one of our 4 co-funding partners to solve your business challenge.

The competition opens on 9 January 2017 and you must apply before noon on 1 February 2017.

If successful at stage 1, you must be available for mandatory consortium-building events between 21 and 23 February 2017.

Attend the briefing event on Thursday 12 January in person or by webinar.

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