About the Future Flight Challenge
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge is helping build the ecosystem needed to accelerate the introduction of advance air mobility, drones, and zero-emission regional aircraft in the UK.
Working with industry, academia, government and regulators, and stakeholders across the country, the Future Flight Challenge is co-funded by industry and the UK government to support the development of future flight services and enabling technologies such as AI and autonomy, digital communications, and electric propulsion.
The programme works across sectors to:
- Fund and support innovative future flight projects and companies.
- Position the UK as a global leader in advanced aviation solutions.
- Facilitate collaboration between industry, government and regulators, and stakeholders to address issues such as public trust, community integration, and social benefits.
Co-investment by government and industry
Tonnes CO2e reduction in annual emissions from Advanced Air Mobility services
Jobs associated with the drone economy by 2030
Increase in GDP by 2030 from Future Flight
Roadmap and Vision
Compiled by leading experts from industry, academia and government, the future flight vision and roadmap sets out how zero emission air travel within and between British cities could be commonplace by 2030. It includes insight into market opportunities and challenges, analysis of how consumers will benefit from future flight, projections of how the future aviation environment will operate, and example use cases.
Innovation Exchange challenge: Test Means for Electrical Machines in Aircraft Hybrid Propulsion
Opens: 15/01/2024 Closes: 01/03/2024
Safran seeks to document and expand the available testing for hybrid aircraft propulsion technologies in the UK.
Horizon Europe: Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes
Opens: 07/12/2023 Closes: 18/04/2024
Research and innovation across all transport modes sought, for the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution by 2050
UK-South Korea CR&D 2024
Opens: 26/02/2024 Closes: 22/05/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6m for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.
Related Events and Recordings
Reaching my Potential: women inspiring the future of aviation
Earlier this year, as part of the UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge, Innovate UK launched an exciting new mentoring scheme to support women working across the aviation sector.
Transforming Aviation Together: launching the Future Flight Community Integration Group
Innovate UK is pleased to announce the establishment of the Future Flight Community Integration Group, a collaborative initiative driven by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge.
Future Flight Newsletter
Stay informed with the latest news from projects funded through the UKRI Future Flight Challenge, and the wider future flight industry in the UK, as well as enabling sectors such as materials, communications, and AI.