Aviation is a key pillar in both the UK’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.
Today, the UK has the largest aviation network in Europe and the third largest in the world, contributing over £22 billion to the UK economy and underpinning more than 350,000 jobs. In line with increasing demand, the sector is growing rapidly and future aviation systems will need to be more efficient, cleaner and smarter.
To achieve these goals and reach industry targets of net-zero we must utilise improvements in whole fleet efficiency, sustainable aviation fuels, air traffic management and novel technologies. These new and sustainable business models will transform the way we live our lives, enabling travel for all and securing a thriving UK aerospace industry.
Innovate UK KTN’s Aviation team connects you with the partners required to accelerate your innovation from idea to solution. Our deep expertise and established networks then help you to position this innovation within the competitive aerospace market, providing guidance and support on appropriate grant competitions and networking opportunities.
We support you in overcoming business challenges with solutions that stretch and inspire beyond areas of expertise you may not have yet considered. As one team working across sectors we provide invaluable industry insight and coverage, embracing new ideas to uncover the best opportunities for you and your ideas.
Innovate UK BridgeAI: AI Solutions to improve productivity in key sectors
Opens: 27/09/2023 Closes: 08/11/2023
Apply for a share of up to £32m for innovation projects that can improve productivity in key sectors through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
UK - Singapore Collaborative R&D Call Sustainability and Net Zero
Opens: 14/08/2023 Closes: 06/12/2023
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £5m with a Singapore partner to develop sustainable tech for emission reduction and a net-zero future.
Global Business Innovation Programme in USA - Clean Growth
Opens: 22/08/2023 Closes: 29/09/2023
Innovate UK is currently accepting applications for up to 15 companies in the Clean Growth sector to join the Global Business Innovation Programme in the USA.
Related Events and Recordings
Innovate UK launches new mentoring scheme to support women in aviation
As part of the UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge, Innovate UK has 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.