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:



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 Energy Event – 15th January 2019, WMG

In the third instalment of the B4I roadshow series, companies in the energy sector will have the opportunity to discover how access to STFC’s world-leading science facilities and expertise could provide solutions to innovation challenges. From exploring radical new energy horizons using high-powered lasers, electron beams, magnetic fields and artificial photosynthesis, to hydrogen storage using a neutron scattering source, STFC expertise and facilities could enhance your commercial innovation.

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Last updated: 11 January 2019

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