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Funding for cutting-edge UK aerospace designs

22 March 2019


£150 million is available annually for projects that keep the UK aerospace sector at the pinnacle of global performance

Organisations are invited to express an interest in a competition worth £150 million a year with their innovative ideas for future aerospace design and manufacture. The best projects will be invited to apply for grant funding.

The investment is part of the £3.9 billion UK Aerospace Research and Technology programme, a partnership between government and industry, managed by Innovate UK, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The competition provides funding for industrial research or capital investment projects that align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy. Priority areas include whole aircraft design and integration, aerostructures, advanced systems and propulsion technologies.

Project themes include:

  • improving UK whole-aircraft design and system integration
  • future-proofing advanced systems technologies in the UK – specifically, smart, connected and more electric aircrafts
  • securing the UK’s world-leading position in large, complex aviation structures, particularly wings
  • developing more efficient propulsion technologies, including large turbofans

The competition will open on 8 April 2019 and close at midday on 24 April 2019. Participating organisations must sign up to the ATI framework agreement. An online briefing event will be held on 15 April 2019 for organisations interested in applying.

Find out more about this competition and apply.