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ATI programme: R&D funding for smaller business, expression of interest

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Funding details
Registration opens
25 Nov 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
15 Jan 2020, 00:00
15 Jan 2020, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £1.5 million. All businesses can get up to 50% funding for their eligible project costs, but only 30% of total funding can go to large businesses, and at least 50% of total grant funding must go to the SMEs in your consortium.
Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £8 million in research and technology projects. This is to deliver world leading aerospace technologies in the UK.

This call supports and encourages industrial investment into the aerospace sector and its supply chain, through the funding of innovative and high impact projects. These projects will demonstrate forward-looking and disruptive solutions to UK civil aerospace challenges.

KTN will be running a briefing event in Birmingham on 2nd December, 9.30am-4pm at IET Birmingham: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP.

Register here to attend in person, or here to watch the event via webcast (the webcast will run from 10am-1:30pm).


Further details

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. This phase is for expressions of interest. Phase 2 of this competition will open in February 2020 (dates to be communicated separately). Successful submissions to phase 1 will be reviewed for changes when submitted to phase 2; we will not accept unjustified changes to the project consortium or costs.

Your project

Projects must start by 1 September 2020 and end by 31 September 2023.

They can last between 12 and 36 months, your total eligible project costs must be between £250,000 and £1.5 million. Your project’s total grant must be between £125,000 and £750,000.

Projects must:

  • be collaborative
  • include a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • have a creditable route to market
  • identify end-users
  • address the priorities stated in the current UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, which will published in November 2019

Check the ATI website for updates to the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy: the most recent version (2017) can be found here.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered company of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • plan to carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTO) cannot lead.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO
  • plan to carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs as part of the application.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses or an end user. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.

If an RTO is participating as a business, you must show that the match funding you are providing comes from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in. You must also show how you will exploit the results of the project to grow the wider sector.

Your project can focus on one or more of the following value streams from the latest UK Aerospace Technology Strategy (2019):

  • vehicles
  • propulsion and power
  • systems
  • aerostructures
  • cross-cutting enablers

We are not funding projects:

  • which are primarily aligned to defence, space or other industrial sectors, but we will recognise dual-use technologies provided the primary application is in civil aerospace
  • that cover fundamental research or experimental development
  • with scope outside of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy

If you want help regarding the scope of this competition, or if you need help finding a partner, please contact the ATI by email, by phone on 0203 696 8301 or by visiting the ATI website.