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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Further guidance is available on the Innovate UK website.