UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industry led civil aerospace research projects.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2.5 million
Opens: 21st Oct 2019
Closes: 4th Dec 2019
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). Together we will invest up to £10 million in aerospace innovation projects as part of the ATI Programme.
This competition is the first of 4 rounds. Innovate UK plan to open the others every 6 months. The last round is scheduled for spring 2021.
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 within the civil aerospace sector.
Your project must have a credible route to market and preferably have identified your end users. Your project should:
Your project can focus one or more of the following value streams from the UK aerospace technology strategy, Raising Ambition (2016):
Innovate UK are not funding:
To lead a project your organisation must:
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, and RTOs cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs as part of the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses or an end user. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.
There is up to £2.5 million allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
You must show that you can provide match funding from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in.
For all projects, funding per organisation is limited to:
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 grant funding. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
Projects must start by 1 May 2020 and end by 31 October 2021. They can last between 12 and 18 months.