ATI: R&D funding for smaller business, EOI – Autumn 2020

Key Features

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Share of up to £8 million

Opens: 9th Nov 2020

Closes: 6th Jan 2021

! This scheme is now closed


Up to £8 million is allocated from the ATI Programme for SMEs to deliver world leading aerospace technologies in the UK.

This 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.

This phase is for expressions of interest. The full stage competition will open on 1 March 2021.


The aim of this competition is to help SME’s to develop and encourage technological innovation within the civil aerospace sector, which can be exploited in the next 5 years.

Your project must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

Your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector. This can include dual use technologies.

Your proposal must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’, which is split into these areas:

  • vehicles: strengthening the UK’s whole-aircraft design and system integration capability, and positioning it for future generations of civil aircraft
  • advanced systems: developing UK advanced systems technologies to capture high-value opportunities in current and future aircraft
  • aerostructures: ensuring the UK is a global leader in the development of large complex structures, particularly wings
  • propulsion and power: advancing a new generation of more efficient propulsion technologies, particularly large turbofans
  • cross-cutting enablers: developing high value design capabilities, advanced materials, manufacturing and assembly, and advanced through-life engineering technologies

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Our team are available to discuss your innovative business, your project ideas and how we can help you to write a successful application for this Grant Funding opportunity.

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To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, research and technology organisations (RTO), public sector organisations or charities
  • 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.

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation, research organisation or RTO
  • involve a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited by the lead organisation

Your project must:

Funding Costs

The ATI Programme has allocated up to £8 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.

At least 50% of the total grant funding must go to the SMEs in your consortium.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 70% if you are a UK registered micro and small organisation
  • 60% if you are a UK registered medium organisation
  • 50% if you are a UK registered large organisation

No one project partner can incur more than 70% of the total project costs.

UK registered large businesses in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total project costs. If your consortium contains more than one large business, this maximum will be shared between them.


This competition is 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, feasibility studies or experimental development
  • with scope outside of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy