A new funding programme set up to enhance business competitiveness and productivity is supporting a wide range of research projects, including two that relate to flow measurement. NEL is one of the partners in the funding programme and is working with the companies behind the two successful flow projects to take their ideas forward.
“The Analysis for Innovators programme is all about helping businesses to improve their performance through the use of advanced analytical technologies,” says Project Manager, David Learmonth. “We were involved in the initial briefing events and helped applicants develop their proposals. We are now providing practical assistance and consultancy expertise.”
The first of the two flow projects relates to the testing and modelling of a drug delivery system which utilises the perfusion process. NEL is working with the company behind the system to help it develop an uncertainty model. This will give confidence that the system can deliver the correct amount of the drug to patients.
The second project is being carried out by a company that is developing an innovative low-cost clamp-on multiphase meter. The company is in the process of developing a prototype which they will bring to NEL for testing.
The Analysis for Innovators programme is a one-off scheme offering R&D, expertise and facilities (worth up to £6.5 million) to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business. It is a government funded programme run by Innovate UK.
Alongside NEL, the other programme partners are the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and LGC (formerly the Laboratory of the Government Chemist). All of these organisations are making their facilities available to successful applicants.
Analysis for Innovators opened in January 2017, however Innovate UK and KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) ran a special series of roadshow events around the UK in last two months of 2016 to publicise and explain the programme. Over 90 projects were submitted for funding.
For more information, contact David Learmonth.
NEL is a world class provider of technical consulting, research, measurement, testing and programme management services to clients across many industries including oil & gas, renewable and sustainable energy, process and government.
NEL also holds the UK National Standards for flow measurement and has an international reputation in key engineering areas such as flow measurement, computational fluid dynamics, environmental and thermal engineering.