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ATI Programme strategic batch: Expression of interest September 2020

Overview:

The ATI Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.

This programme is co-ordinated and managed by:

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation
  • The Aerospace Technology Institute

Innovate UK work in collaboration to deliver a portfolio of projects to meet the objectives of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’.

This is phase 1 of a strategic batch competition within the ATI Programme. There are two phases to each strategic batch competition. If you are successful at phase 2 you will proceed to final approvals and contracting. The whole process takes at least six months.

  1. Expression of interest (EoI) – this competition: opens monthly and is reviewed by the Aerospace Technology Institute only. There is no funding in this phase.
  2. Full stage application (FSA): invite only, if successful in the expression of interest phase. Independent assessment by Innovate UK, value for money (VfM) and policy review by BEIS, and strategic review by the Aerospace Technology Institute.

If you are successful at phase 2, Innovate UK will perform financial viability and eligibility checks. Final approvals are issued by BEIS. You will be contracted by Innovate UK.

The grant funding you can apply for is limited. See ‘Eligibility’ for details.

Open Date:

07/09/2020

Close Date:

23/09/2020

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. You must have a successful application in this competition before you can be invited to apply to the full stage competition.

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, advanced through-life engineering technologies

The ATI Programme partners will monitor changes between your phase 1 and phase 2 submissions. Innovate UK will not accept unjustified major changes in the consortium or costs.

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business of any size for research projects
  • Be a UK-registered business of any size, a research and technology organisation (RTO) or academic institution for capital infrastructure projects
  • Carry out your aerospace research or capital infrastructure project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Address the specific requirements of the UK’s Aerospace Technology Strategy
  • Sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement
  • Claim funding

Your project’s duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Be invited to take part by the lead applicant
  • Sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement

Your business does not have to be registered with Companies House when you apply, but it must be registered before you can receive funding.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.

State aid

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.

This competition provides state aid funding under articles of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER):

  • Industrial research projects are under article 25, ‘Aid for research and development projects’
  • Capital infrastructure projects are under article 26, ‘Investment aid for research infrastructures’

It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.

Industrial research projects

In the ATI Programme, total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant funding claims.

Under article 25 of the state aid rules, of that 50%, individual partners that are conducting commercial or economic activities (which may include research organisations) as part of the project can claim grant funding up to:

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

The total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is 20 million euros. The exchange rate to sterling will be taken from the HMRC exchange rates at the time your contract is issued.

The research organisations undertaking non-economic activities in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them. They can each claim 100% of their total eligible costs.

Capital infrastructure projects

Under Article 26 of the state aid rules, your project must focus on the construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities.

Each infrastructure project can receive total grant funding of up to 20 million euros. The exchange rate to sterling will be taken from the HMRC exchange rates at the time we issue your contract. Your total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs.

Your total eligible project costs must be the investment costs in intangible and tangible assets.

If the research infrastructure pursues both economic and non-economic activities, you must:

  • Account for the financing, costs and revenues of each type of activity separately
  • Use consistently applied and objectively justifiable cost accounting principles

Access to the research infrastructure for its operation or use must be open to several users without discrimination and be granted on a transparent basis. Users must be charged the market price.

If an organisation has financed at least 10% of the investment costs of the project infrastructure, it can be granted preferential access under more favourable conditions.

The access must be in proportion to the organisation’s contribution to the investment costs and access conditions must be made publicly available.

In a collaborative capital infrastructure project, the research organisations undertaking non-economic activities in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them. They can each claim 100% of their share of the total eligible project costs.

Innovate UK are not funding projects that:

  • Focus solely on defence, space or other industrial sectors, but will recognise dual use technologies providing the primary application is in civil aerospace
  • Focus on fundamental research, early stage technologies or experimental development

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

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