National aeronautical research organisations set the strategic direction for a countries research and innovation agenda in aerospace. They support national industrial and academic programmes through strategic funding and research. They also coordinate the states international engagement.

NLR, Netherlands

The NLR is the Netherlands Aerospace Centre for identifying, developing and applying advanced technological knowledge in the area of aerospace. Activities are relevant to society and market-oriented aimed at strengthening the innovativeness, competitiveness and effectiveness of government and business. NLR is continually looking to further its international collaboration in aerospace.

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CARIC, Canada

The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) is a non-profit organization created in 2014 with the federal government’s financial support. CARIC is responsible for generating and fostering dialogue and collaboration between organisations in the aerospace industry. They provide financial support to launch R&D projects and have been coordinating internationally aligned aerospace programmes.

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INNOVAIR, Sweden

INNOVAIR is Sweden’s national strategic innovation programme for aerospace. They coordinate and support stakeholders from industry, universities, institutes, associations and government agencies who are active in the aeronautics sector as well as steering international collaboration. INNOVAIR has both short- and long-term goals for the environment, for growth, and for innovation. By investing in demonstrator programmes, production arenas, research networks, and the coordinating forums INNOVAIR aims to strengthen the international position. Swedish aeronautics is internationally recognised and contributes beside exports also with high capacity for innovation, high-tech jobs, community services, and technology transfer to other sectors. There are also close links with Sweden’s internationally recognised defence industry.

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DLR, Germany

The primary objective of DLR aeronautics research activities is to enhance the competitiveness of Germany and Europe’s aerospace and air transport industries and to achieve governmental and societal objectives. In addition to fundamental research work, DLR is primarily concerned with applied aerospace research and development. DLR’s aerospace technology portfolio is geared towards the objectives stated in the European strategy paper ‘Flightpath 2050’ and its German counterpart, ‘Luftfahrt 2020’.

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NASA, USA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is responsible for unique scientific and technological achievements in human space flight, aeronautics, space science, and space applications that have had widespread impacts throughout the world. NASA is pursuing an advanced programme of research in aeronautics that covers four main themes: Advanced Air Vehicles, Airspace Operations and Safety, Integrated Aviation Systems and Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Programme.

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