UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £65 million
Opens: 6th Sep 2021
Closes: 3rd Nov 2021
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. Projects must demonstrate integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.
The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious projects that will successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles.
The Future Flight Challenge is based around 3 classes of aircraft:
For strand 1 of the competition your project must include a means of demonstration of one or more of these classes of aircraft and enabling systems, operating in a representative environment.
You should include the participation of end users or operators in your project and engagement with appropriate local authorities would be beneficial.
A clear understanding of the regulatory requirements and proposed route to achieving regulatory approval must be demonstrated.
Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects, with a variety of technologies, markets, aircraft classes, use cases and research categories across both strands of this competition.
Consideration will be given to projects with a specific regional focus and ambitions for Net Zero transport solutions.
Your project must focus on demonstrating the operation of aircraft in a representative environment whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case. Use cases should be real-world applications which drive integration of the different aviation system elements for each of the three Future Flight vehicle classes.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
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Your project must:
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £65 million to fund innovation projects across the two strands of this competition.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that: