Funding Programmes

How our funding can support you

Through our Strength in Places Programmes we aim to provide a variety of funding schemes to support the machinery community and create impact within the sector.

Innovation for machinery (I4M)

I4M gives businesses in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester access to the expertise of four universities and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). I4M provides up to £50k free support to accelerate the development of the next generation of machinery and create new jobs and growth in this sector.

The programme is administered by NPL with expertise provided by NPL and partners at the University of Manchester, University of Huddersfield, University of Salford, University of Leeds.

I4M is currently closed.

Advanced Machinery Innovation Fund

The Advanced Machinery Innovation Fund will invest in collaborative projects that increase the development and commercialisation of advanced machinery, related technologies, and know-how, along with a broader benefit to wider manufacturing sectors due to improved availability of advanced machinery and expertise.

This fund is open to UK registered businesses with significant, technical operations in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester regions only. This fund is administered by UKRI and is open for applications until 19 June 2024 at 11:00 am.

Find out if you are elidgle and apply for funding here.



Innovation for machinery and the Innovation Fund are government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund.

    Get in touch with us

    AMPI is an industry led initiative. We’d like to hear from UK companies to provide:

    Foresighting. We need to hear what machinery manufacturing challenges need addressing and how companies want to engage.

    Technical Assistance. If you have a technical challenge that you need help to resolve, then we’re available to support.

    Future funding. We welcome UK based firms as we continually build our portfolio of innovation and advanced machinery R&D.