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June expression of interest: ATI Programme


The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace.

The ATI Programme represents a £3.9billion 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 Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Raising Ambition’.

This is an expression of interest competition. There are four stages and the whole process takes at least six months.

  1. Expression of interest (EOI): opens monthly and is reviewed by ATI only
  2. Full stage application (FSA): invite only, if successful in the expression of interest stage, with proposal development on the Innovation Funding Service by applicants. Independent assessment by Innovate UK, value for money (VfM) and policy review by BEIS, and strategic assessment by ATI
  3. Final approvals by BEIS and contracting through Innovate UK

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Your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector.

Your proposal must prioritise areas identified within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, including:

  • Whole aircraft design and integration
  • Aerostructures
  • Advanced systems propulsion technologies

Only projects which score well against the following criteria will receive funding from the ATI Programme:

  1. Strategic fit with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy
  2. Value for money for the UK and potential impact of the exploitation of your idea once the project is over
  3. Project deliverables such as time, cost and quality (including risks)

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. Successful applicants will be invited to the second stage. A decision to proceed with stage two will depend on the outcomes from this EoI.

Innovate UK will monitor changes between your stage one and stage two submissions. Innovate UK will not accept unjustified major changes in the consortium or costs.

The UK Aerospace Technology Strategy provides detailed information on the specific themes of the competition. These include but are not limited to:

  • Aircraft of the future: strengthening the UK’s whole-aircraft design and system integration capability, and positioning it for future generations of civil aircraft
  • Smart, connected and more electric aircraft: developing UK advanced systems technologies to capture high-value opportunities in current and future aircraft
  • Aerostructures of the future: ensuring the UK is a global leader in the development of large complex structures, particularly wings
  • Propulsion of the future: advancing a new generation of more efficient propulsion technologies, particularly large turbofans

To lead a project or work alone you must:

  • Be a UK based business of any size for research projects
  • Be a UK based business of any size, a research and technology organisation (RTO) or academic organisation for capital investment projects
  • Carry out your aerospace research or technology development project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Address the specific requirements of the UK ATI
  • Sign up to the ATI framework agreement

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.

To be a collaborator you must:

  • Be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out your project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Work in collaboration with other businesses, research organisations or third-sector organisations

Projects can include partners that do not receive any funding (for example, non-UK businesses). Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs but they will not count as collaborators.

Innovate UK will accept resubmissions in this competition.

If they decide not to fund your proposal, you will be able to use it to apply once more. Your resubmission can:

  • Take into account the feedback received from the assessors
  • Be for a later round of this competition or for another competition

Innovate UK will not fund projects that:

  • Focus solely on defence, space or other industrial sectors, but they will recognise dual use technologies providing the primary application is in civil aerospace
  • Focus on fundamental research, early stage technologies or experimental development
  • Have not involved an industrial end-user

For both industry-led research projects and capital investment projects, the research organisations in your consortium can claim 100% of up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.

Total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims. Of that 50%, individual partners can claim grant funding up to:

  • 70% if you are a small business
  • 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • 50% if you are a large business

If you are a single applicant, you can claim grant funding of:

  • Up to 100% of your total eligible project costs if you are an academic or non-profit RTO
  • Up to 50% of your total eligible project costs if you are a business, regardless of size

If you are in a collaboration, total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims.

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.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.