The ATI R&T programme represents a joint Government and Industry investment that seeks to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in aerospace design and manufacture. It is principally a strategic programme addressing large scale technology and capability challenges over the medium to long term timeframe. Under the ATI R&T programme, government provides grant funding for research projects up to 50% of the total project value, and for capital investment projects up to 100% of the total investment value.
The programme is coordinated and managed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute. All three organisations work in close collaboration to deliver a coherent portfolio of projects to meet the objectives and priorities of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.
The budget holder, BEIS, is accountable for the final decision regarding projects to progress and fund with Government resources, as well as performing Value for Money (VfM) assessment on project proposals when required.
The ATI is responsible for developing the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, supported by a network of advisory groups, and stimulating industry-led R&T projects that align with this strategy and maximise the potential to deliver UK economic benefit. ATI provides strategic oversight of the R&T pipeline and portfolio, co-chairing the Strategic Review Committee with BEIS and advising on project investment.
Innovate UK is the delivery partner for ATI R&T programme, performing Independent assessment of proposals, commercial management and downstream portfolio management, encompassing the monitoring of projects under contract.
DEVELOPING THE ATI STRATEGIC R&D PROJECT PORTFOLIO
Development of the strategic R&D project portfolio is managed through the structured assessment of pipeline projects on a regular rhythm involving all three organisations. This system enables long-term planning across both Government and Industry, improving strategic decision making at the project and portfolio level.
The approach encompasses four distinct stages that steer the development and govern the progressive assessment of project proposals, prioritising those with the greatest strategic importance and potential impact for inclusion within the live portfolio.
The first two stages, led by the ATI and closely supported by BEIS, focus on proposal development and strategic assessment, considering the fundamental merit of each proposal and the degree to which they align and contribute to the broader portfolio and the delivery of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.
Governing stages one and two of this process, the joint ATI and BEIS Strategic Review Committee (SRC) presides over two decision points (SR1 and SR2); at each point reviewing funding options and selecting the strongest projects (economically, technically and strategically) to advance to the next stage. Importantly, all applicants must sign the Institute’s Framework Agreement before submitting proposals for evaluation at SR2.
The SRC convenes monthly, with a rhythm structured around three SR2 decisions per calendar year (January, May and September), supported by up to 12 SR1 decision points (demand dependant).
Project applications successful at SR2 proceed to the third stage comprising Independent Assessment by Innovate UK and, where applicable, Value-for-Money (VfM) assessment by BEIS. This stage culminates in an assessment funding panel after which successful projects are notified and issued a conditional grant offer subject to treasury approvals.
Contracting takes place in stage four, led by Innovate UK and supported by BEIS. Portfolio management and monitoring of live projects is led by Innovate UK. Information on the live portfolio is exchanged with the ATI, informing future development of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy and project pipeline.
All applicants must sign the Framework Agreement prior to submitting an SR2 proposal. The ATI will not be able to accept submissions from companies and consortia who have not met this requirement.
All submissions must follow programme guidelines maintained and published by Innovate UK for the ATI R&T programme. This document contains the application requirements specific to the programme, covering submission of project proposals to the ATI, Innovate UK and BEIS (if applicable). It is essential that all applicants read this document before embarking on a proposal to understand the requirements of the process and at which point to engage with each organisation.
Further guidance is available on the Innovate UK website.
ENGAGING WITH THE ATI
Complementing the formal process, the ATI works closely with industry and consortia during proposal development and may act as the catalyst for entirely new R&T activity. The ATI’s objective is to maximise the impact of projects, both technical and economic.
Potential applicants wishing to engage the ATI to discuss potential projects can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org