NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Autumn 2021

Key Features

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 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 £2.5 million

Opens: 15th Nov 2021

Closes: 12th Jan 2022

! This scheme is now closed

Overview

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Scope

The aim of this competition is to help SMEs to develop their own innovative technologies. These should enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business in the civil aerospace sector.

Your project must have a credible route to market and preferably have identified your end users. Your project should:

  • demonstrate improvement in business productivity and competitiveness
  • show clear benefit technically
  • be able to pull through new technology or processes for use in a current or future product or manufacturing process
  • show clear benefit in creating or safeguarding jobs
  • be able to enhance capabilities within the broader aerospace industry, as well as other sectors such as advanced manufacturing

Specific Themes

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

Exclusions

Innovate UK are not funding projects:

  • that focus solely on defence, space or other industrial sectors, but we will recognise dual use technologies providing the primary application is in civil aerospace
  • that focus on fundamental research, feasibility studies or experimental development
  • with scope outside of the UK aerospace technology strategy
  • that are dependent on export performance – for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • that are dependent on domestic inputs usage- for example if we insisted that a baker use 50% UK flour in their product

Eligibility

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £150,000 and £300,000.

Your project must:

  • end by 31 March 2024
  • last between 12 and 18 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You can start your project from 1 June 2022

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, research technology organisations (RTO), public sector organisations, charities or Academic Institutions
  • plan to carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement

Innovate UK primarily expect to fund businesses that are new to research and development (R&D) or are restarting R&D activity.

Academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations, large businesses and RTOs cannot lead.

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Any eligible UK registered business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications.

Any non-leading UK business can collaborate in up to 3 applications.

All other organisations can collaborate on any number of applications.

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

Funding Costs

The ATI programme allocated up to £2.5 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.

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

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

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