Future Flight: Closing the Skills Gap Competition Briefing

This competition will invest up to £500,000 into projects that can create and deliver course content and materials to support skills, talent and training across the future flight sector.

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10.00 - 11.30


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Run by the Future Flight challenge, and delivered by Innovate UK, for UK Research and Innovation, the purpose of this competition is to:
  • build awareness of future flight emerging markets
  • fill crucial gaps in the UK’s aviation workforce, talent and training capabilities
This could be through:
  • schools’ engagement
  • apprenticeships and internships
  • upskilling and reskilling of the existing workforce
  • technical courses and vocational training
  • undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD)
This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.
Feedback gathered so far from industry indicates that the most crucial capability and skills gaps within the future flight space are in:
  • safety and regulation
  • air traffic management
  • autonomy
  • infrastructure (including vertiports)
  • hydrogen fuel management
  • digital and cyber security
  • flight management
  • local planning
  • maintenance repair and overhaul (for new classes of air vehicles)
  • pilot training
This list is not exhaustive, and Innovate UK welcomes you to identify and tackle other skills requirements in your project proposal.
You can request 100% funding for your eligible project costs up to a maximum of £50,000 per project, but your project must:
  • have a total grant funding request between £5,000 and £50,000
  • last between 3 and 6 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Click here to view the funding details.

Related Opportunities

Future flight: closing the skills gaps

Opens: 21/11/2022   Closes: 01/02/2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £500,000 to develop upskilling initiatives that tackle the immediate skills gaps of the UK aviation industry.

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