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Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding

This programme is now closed to applications.

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:



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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Regional centres

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).


Bridging for Innovators training workshops, ran in collaboration with STFC’s Hartree Centre, provide companies with the opportunity to learn more about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to solve industrial challenges and transform business.

From blockchain to chatbots, these workshops will develop capability within UK businesses to utilise and exploit AI technology. Expert programme partners, including IBM, Unilever and Brunel University London, among others, will provide advice and support to help companies to implement, and benefit from, this next–generation technology.

To find out more about any aspect of B4I, please contact Wendy Carr or Holly Smith.

Success Stories

Bridging for Innovators supports start-up to take AI-enabled technology to market
Exgence provides an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to help sales and pre-sales specialists respond to tenders faster and more efficiently.


Product testing in a real-world aerospace environment
Cobham Plc develops communications systems for challenging environments, enabling customers to stay connected across land, sea and air.

Last updated: 29 June 2020


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