ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest February 2021
The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.
For industrial research projects, the total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is £18 million, and up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on business size. For capital infrastructure, each project can receive total grant funding of up to £18 million, and your total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs.
Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
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
This is phase 1 of a strategic batch competition within the ATI Programme. There are 2 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 6 months.
- Expression of interest (EoI) – this competition: opens monthly and is reviewed by the Aerospace Technology Institute only. There is no funding in this phase.
- 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.
BEIS has the final funding decision. If you are successful at phase 2, Innovate UK will perform financial viability and eligibility checks. You will be contracted by Innovate UK.
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
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
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
An online briefing will be held at 10:30am on Thursday 4th February – join here (direct Zoom link, click this when you are ready to join the briefing)