Analysis for Innovators (A4I) is a different type of programme from the usual Innovate IUK (IUK) grant funding competitions. It is focused on helping individual companies solve tricky and perhaps long running technical problems affecting existing processes, products or services.

The programme’s aim is to help boost a company’s productivity or competitiveness. It achieves this by bringing the UK’s top scientists and facilities, often otherwise inaccessible, together with companies to address problems in innovative ways. 

This fifth round of the programme focuses on scaling up both:

the number of successful relationships brokered between UK companies and the UK’s centres of expertise in measurement and analysis; and the grant-funding of follow-on projects addressing the problems raised.

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

IUK has allocated up to £3 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. A project’s total eligible costs must be between £25,000 and £300,000.

A UK based business of any size, carrying out its project work in the UK, can lead a project. The business must be prepared to work with and discuss their problem with one or more A4I funding partners. Any one business can apply into the first stage with up to two applications.


The competition will open on 29 July 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 4 September 2019.

Further details here.