Funding is now available through the Bridging for Innovators Programme to support UK industry in improving productivity.

Bridging for Innovators (B4I) is a programme run by Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support UK industry. It started in 2017 and will end in March 2021.

B4I is designed specifically to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2b worth of government investment in large scale scientific infrastructure.

The programme will provide access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities to companies through STFC’s large scale science facilities located at the various campuses around the UK, including Harwell, Daresbury and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

B4I, is not intended to fund activities in areas such as product development or fundamental research.

B4I will fund all of STFC’s contribution to the project and total project cost must be matched by the company through and in-kind contribution.

The level of in-kind contribution will be determined by the size of the company as detailed here.

To be eligible through this route the company must not have received more than €200,000 de minimis state aid over the previous three years including any funding through B4I.

The maximum project costs eligible under de minimis is £50,000.

What is not in scope

  • Fundamental research
  • New product development
  • Market analysisTesting and measurement services


Companies wishing to apply for B4I must:

  • Be a UK based business of any size registered at Companies House
  • Have a manufacturing base for the relevant product in the UK or provide the relevant service in the UK

Application process

The application process is detailed on the website, together with the stages for successful applications.

For a more detailed overview of the funding process, together with FAQs and application details, please visit their website using the link on the right hand side.