The aims of this competition are to:
- support and enable business led innovation across the UK supply chain in resilient time, frequency, and synchronisation (TFS), for the development of products, services and end user applications
- develop a TFS ecosystem and capability for relevant industries and critical national infrastructure
- disrupt and create new markets, both in the UK and globally, to improve the provision of TFS
Your project must deliver feasibility study for an innovative development and show a route to market.
Your project must be focused on one or more of these development areas relating to the dissemination of TFS:
- protocols and algorithms
We are looking for your projects to be scalable, geographically or across applications. Interoperability for international use is of particular interest.
Your project should lead to the following types of impact for the UK:
- economic, including new revenue, cost savings, other economic impacts
- national capability in TFS
During the project, NPL can provide up to 12 hours of free consultancy and free access to highly accurate and traceable time and frequency signals. The access will come from four sites in the South East of England and one site in Scotland.
Each site has different types of signals and support facilities available. This will allow a variety of different projects with individual requirements to access facilities which can support their innovation.
The sites are in two broad categories:
The innovation nodes are sites that combine signal access with laboratory space and where traceable signals are available for R&D, testing and validation of applications. Three innovation nodes are being set up in partnership between NPL and respective host organisations and are available to successful applicants during their project:
1. The University of Surrey 5G/6G Innovation Centre provides access to a shared lab and is particularly suitable for telecommunications and network timing projects.
2. Cranfield University provides access to a shared lab and is particularly suitable for autonomy and transport related projects (to be available by March 2023).
3. University of Strathclyde provides access to a dedicated lab and is particularly suitable for developments related to photonics, smart grids and fintech (to be available by March 2023).
Two data centres in London and Reading allow signal connections via a cross-connect in a real-world delivery environment.
If you require access to consultancy or test facilities, you must:
- Download, complete and submit the form at the end of the NPL technical annex by e-mail to email@example.com at least 10 working days before the submission deadline. This is to ensure NPL can accommodate your request and provide feedback if necessary.
- Upload the finalised NPL technical annex as part of your application.
Projects that include one or more industry sectors are of interest.
Example sectors include but are not limited to:
- smart factories
- the Internet of Things (IoT)
- transport including rail, road, aviation, maritime
Projects involving cross-sector technologies such as those contributing to telecommunication technologies or timing over digital networks are of particular interest.
We reserve the right to apply a portfolio approach to funding projects across the competition strands, research categories, technologies, technological maturities, locations, markets, themes and project sizes.