UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million to carry out collaborative R&D, collaborative fast-track and feasibility projects to enhance the UK’s position in civil aerospace.
ATI & Innovate UK
Share of £8m
14th Jan 2019
27th Feb 2019
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.
The aim of this funding is to support and speed up industry investment focused on supply chain companies. They are looking for high risk, high impact projects that demonstrate visionary, revolutionary and disruptive solutions to UK aerospace challenges.
Your proposal needs to fit with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy or with one of ATI’s technical priority areas:
- concept designs for radical or unconventional medium and long range aircraft
- concept designs for urban and regional air vehicles, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and short take-off and landing (STOL)
- requirements for a scalable hybrid electric power demonstrator facility
- modelling of high-temperature superconducting electrical power machines
- establishing the environmental impact of novel air vehicles
- single crew or autonomous vehicle integration into controlled airspace
All proposals must be business-led and collaborative.
The competition is split into 3 strands. In this strand Innovate UK expect to fund a total of up to £2 million for collaborative feasibility studies.
The other 2 strands are collaborative research and development full stage and fast track. These are only open to applicants who were successful at previous stages.
Another round of this competition will open in 2020.
This competition closes at midday 12pm UK time.
Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information please see IUK’s general guidance.
Your project can have total eligible project costs of £255,000 to £500,000. Projects must start by August 2019 and end by August 2020. They can last up to 12 months.
To be eligible for funding you must:
- be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- plan to carry out an aerospace research or technology development project in the UK
- address the specific requirements of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Raising Ambition’
- sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) framework agreement
- work in collaboration with other organisations to develop proposals and deliver projects
To lead a project you must:
- be a UK based business of any size
- claim grant funding through this competition
- work in collaboration with others
To collaborate you must be a UK-based:
- research organisation
- public sector organisation
We encourage larger businesses, SMEs, universities and research and technology organisations to collaborate.
Any one business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications. If a business is not leading an application, they can be a collaborator in up to 3 applications.
A research organisation, charity or public sector organisation cannot lead on an application but can be a collaborator in any number of applications.
Partners with no funding
Projects can include partners that do not receive any funding (for example, non-UK businesses). Their costs will count towards the total project costs but they will not count as collaborators.
If Innovate UK judges that your proposal is not materially different from your previous proposal, it is classed as a resubmission.
If they decide not to fund your proposal, you will be able to use it to apply once more.
Your reapplication can:
- take into account the feedback received from the assessors
- be for a later round of this competition or for another competition
There is up to £8 million available to fund collaborative research and development (R&D), fast-track collaborative R&D and feasibility studies projects in this competition.
For all projects, funding is limited to:
- 50% for businesses (regardless of size)
- 80% full economic costing (FEC) for academics
- 100% grant for non-profit research and technology organisations, public sector organisations and charities
For all projects, no one project partner can incur more than 70% of the total project costs.
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
This competition provides state aid funding under the General Block Exemption Regulation. It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.