ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest January 2023
The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.
The total grant request in your application cannot exceed 60% of the total eligible project costs for industrial research, or 50% for capital infrastructure projects. The total available is £685m.
Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with BEIS and the Aerospace Technology Institute to invest up to £685 million from the ATI Programme in financial years 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025, in innovation projects.
The ATI Programme represents to date a £3.2 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
All three organisations work in partnership. Together they deliver a portfolio of projects to meet the objectives and priorities of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.
This stage is for expressions of interest. For each EoI received at this stage, the Aerospace Technology Institute make a recommendation to BEIS as to whether it should progress to the Full Stage Evaluation. BEIS is responsible for making the final decision whether or not your EoI progresses to the Full Stage Evaluation (invite only).
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), research organisation 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
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered organisation.
Your business does not have to be registered with Companies House when you apply, but it must be registered before you can receive funding.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.
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, ‘Destination Zero’, which is split into these areas:
Zero-Carbon Emission Aircraft Technologies: Zero-carbon emission technologies are focused on propulsion and infrastructure development to enable zero-carbon tailpipe emissions. This encompasses battery, hydrogen, and fuel cell technologies, much of which are in early stages of development.
Ultra-Efficient Aircraft Technologies: Ultra-efficient technologies are focused on improving energy efficiency and hence impact CO2 emissions, NOx and noise. Continued development of crucial high value, sustainable, high productivity manufacturing technologies will position the UK to be a first-choice location for the industry.
Cross-cutting Enabling Technologies: To enable both the zero-carbon and ultra-efficient opportunities, the UK must develop cross-cutting enabling technologies and capabilities for whole aircraft design and analysis. These capabilities should extend to the aircraft lifecycle from design, through manufacture & assembly, operation, and end of life.
If you want help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN’s Transport team, or the Aerospace Technology Institute.