Building the future of UK aerospace: funding for innovative ideas

Posted on: 07/11/2018

£150 million is available to support aerospace projects as part of the UK Aerospace Research and Technology programme.

Up to £150 million is available to support organisations with innovative aerospace projects. The funding will invest in innovative and energy-efficient technologies that can provide new employment and training opportunities in civil aviation and aerospace manufacture.

This funding forms part of The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) programme, which represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. The programme is run by Innovate UK, in partnership with The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The competition is in 4 stages, with organisations at this stage being able to submit an expression of interest with their ideas for research or capital investment projects. Successful applicants will then be able to apply for funding in the next stage.

The focus of the competition is to:

  • Help the UK to manufacture, design and deliver next-generation aircraft
  • Make the UK a global leader in large complex aerostructures, particularly wings
  • Introduce smart and connected technologies
  • Develop new, more efficient propulsion technologies


The competition opened on 5th November with the deadline for expressions of interest set for 21st November 2018 at 12:00pm.


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