UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £30 million
Opens: 11th May 2020
Closes: 1st Jul 2020
Innovate UK will invest up to £30 million in innovation projects as part of phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge.
This competition will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground.
The aim of the competition is to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems enabling the introduction of new classes of electric and/or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric regional aircraft.
A ‘system of systems’ approach is required to address the interdependencies between vehicles, the airspace and the broader infrastructure of aviation, including operators, service providers and end users. Projects are expected to address the integration challenges of new air vehicles, and by default their innovative capabilities, for example autonomy, into the aviation system. The aviation system is the operational framework into which air vehicles fly in and out of airports, airspace, rural and urban environments.
Projects are sought in the following areas:
Innovate UK are not funding:
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For development projects, you can focus one or more of the following but will ideally take a ‘system of systems’ approach covering several of:
This is not an exhaustive list. Projects not on this list but can address the Future Flight Challenge objectives may also be considered in scope.
To lead a project your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs. They must be entered into an appendix to question 10 and not into the finance summary in your application.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA). Subcontractor costs are expected to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.
Up to £30 million has been allocated across the 2 strands to fund innovation projects in this phase 2 competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £150,000 and £500,000
In addition to the match funding, projects must also state in their application:
All projects must end by 30 March 2022. Projects can last between 6 months and 18 months.
Shorter duration projects that can deliver rapid impact are welcomed.
If your organisation is primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project you must ensure your request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For industrial research and feasibility projects you could get funding for your eligible project cost of:
The research organisations in your consortium undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can claim up to 100% of their total eligible project costs and share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs.