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Future Flight Challenge phase 2 opens

Posted on 12/05/2020

ISCF funding of up to £30m to develop integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric/autonomous air vehicles

Innovate UK is investing up to £30m in innovation projects as part of phase 2 of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Future Flight Challenge.  The Future Flight Challenge is a four year, £125m ISCF programme.


Phase 2 will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric sub-regional aircraft. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground.


This competition phase has 2 strands, both open to collaborations only.


Strand 1, the ‘fast track’ strand encourages applications from smaller businesses and organisations who traditionally do not work within the aerospace / aviation sector.


Strand 2 will focus on larger projects and encourage applications that seek to integrate technologies and systems.


An online briefing for both strands will be held on 19 May at 10:00.  To register, click here.


The competition closes at midday UK time on 1 July.  For more information on both strands, visit the Innovation Funding Service here.


KTN has a page dedicated to the Future Flight Challenge with information and a link to a list of phase 1 winners here.

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