Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding

Innovation through insight

B4I offers businesses unique access to a suite of high-tech scientific facilities and knowledge to fast-track solutions to industrial challenges.

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with STFC research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.

By taking part in B4I, companies gain:

  • In-kind funding for projects aiming to solve product, manufacturing or process issues
  • Access to STFC’s world-leading science facilities (see scientific capabilities below)
  • Extensive support from scientific and technical experts with proven track-records of solving complex industrial challenges

B4I delivers a multidisciplinary approach to challenges, utilising facilities and world-leading expertise in the following areas:




STFC’s world-leading science facilities are located around the UK at Harwell, Daresbury and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. In addition, facilities and expertise can be accessed through regional B4I hubs in the Midlands and South Wales, providing access to technologies at the University of Swansea, University of Birmingham, Manufacturing Technology Centre and TWI Technology Centre (Wales).

Details of eligibility, scope and application process can be found here , together with a project application flow diagram, as well as full terms & conditions.

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To find out more about B4I, please contact:

Ling Xu
David Brown

B4I events

Join us at one of the upcoming B4I roadshow events:

STFC B4I Automotive & Aerospace Event – 28 February 2019, Royal College of Physicians

Automotive and aerospace companies can explore how B4I could help speed up manufacturing times, reduce energy output and boost productivity. Hear from leading experts in the sectors, meet and collaborate with other like-minded companies and learn how to gain free access to STFC’s world-leading facilities and expertise to help solve your innovation challenge.

Find out more and register

Learn more about STFC’s capabilities and technologies for the automotive & aerospace sectors:

B4I Automotive & Aerospace (PDF, 2.1 MB)

STFC B4I Life Sciences Event – 26 March 2019, Harwell Campus

Discover how the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme can help you to overcome research challenges relating to product, manufacturing, or process performance in the life sciences.

From disease mapping to regenerative medicine, B4I provides the opportunity for companies to fast-track solutions to industrial challenges through accessing STFC’s world-leading facilities and expertise.

Find out more and register

Learn more about STFC’s capabilities and technologies for the life sciences:

B4I Life Sciences (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Last updated: 18 February 2019

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