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NATEP: Helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, autumn 2019

Overview:

UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2.5million for industry led civil aerospace research projects.

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 they will invest up to £10million in aerospace innovation projects as part of the ATI Programme.

This competition is the first of four rounds. Innovate UK plan to open the others every six months. The last round is scheduled for spring 2021.

The aim of this competition is to provide help for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative aerospace technologies. These will enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to win new business.

Your proposal must align with the priorities stated in the UK Aerospace technology strategy, Raising Ambition. ATI will add new themes to the strategy before the competition closes. Projects which address the new themes will also be eligible for funding.

Open Date:

21/10/2019

Close Date:

04/12/2019

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:

  • Demonstrate improvement in business productivity and competitiveness
  • Show clear benefit technically
  • Be able to pull through new technology or processes for use in 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 including advanced manufacturing

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

Your project can focus one or more of the following value streams from the UK aerospace technology strategy, Raising Ambition (2016):

  • Aircraft of the future
  • Smart, connected and more electric aircraft
  • Aerostructures of the future
  • Propulsion of the future

ATI will update this strategy in November 2019. Projects which address any new elements included in the updated strategy are also in scope for funding.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £300,000. Your project’s total grant must be less than £150,000. If your organisation is a business, or you are a research and technology organisation (RTO) participating as a business, you must show that you can provide match funding from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in.

Your project must:

  • Be collaborative
  • Be led by a UK-registered SME

Projects must start by 1 May 2020 and end by 31 October 2021. They can last between 12 and 18 months.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered SME
  • Collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • Plan to carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

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.

All project partners must sign up to the ATI framework agreement to allow data sharing with the ATI.

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO
  • Plan to 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

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.

If your organisation is a business, or you are an RTO participating as a business, you must show that the match funding you are providing comes from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in. You must also show how you will exploit the results of the project to grow the wider sector.

Any one business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further two applications. Academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations, and RTO can collaborate on any number of applications.

Innovate UK have allocated up to £2.5million 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:

  • 50% for businesses (regardless of size)
  • 80% full economic costing (FEC) for academics
  • 100% grant for non-profit research and technology organisations, public sector organisations and charities

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.

This competition provides state aid funding under article 25, ‘Aid for research, development and innovation’, of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.

Innovate UK are not funding:

  • Projects primarily aligned to defence, space or other industrial sectors, but we will recognise dual-use technologies if the primary application is in civil aerospace
  • Projects that cover fundamental research or experimental development
  • Projects with scope outside of the UK Aerospace technology strategy

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.