In the past year, around Ј500 million of projects have been launched through the ATI programme.

New projects have been funded across the ATI’s priority value streams: aerostructures, propulsion and systems. These projects have 70 unique partner organisations participating, including 20 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Several cross-cutting infrastructure projects, with applications relevant to the aerospace sector, have also been funded through the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), which was announced at the Autumn Statement in November 2016. The Institute is continuing to work with applicants to bring new projects forward.

The ATI-BEIS Strategic Review Committee (SRC) holds three main reviews a year (known as SR2s) to select projects for independent assessment (with Innovate UK).  The next SR2 will take place on 12th January 2018, with the submission deadline to the ATI on 8th December 2017.  This will target projects aiming to start from April 2018.
Companies and consortia looking to apply to the programme will need to engage with the ATI during September and October, to present their concepts and work with the Institute to maximise their potential impact.  Typically, proposals include 2-5 collaborative partners and request grants of between Ј2 million and Ј10 million, which is matched by the consortia. All participating partners need to sign-up to the ATI Framework Agreement.
The journey to SR2 requires applicants to first pass an SR1 review, held monthly. October and November are the remaining SR1 opportunities for applicants intending to apply to January’s SR2.  More information on this two-stage process is available here and the key applications dates are summarised below:

SR Stage
Application Deadline
SRC Meeting Date
Decision Notification & Feedback
1
29th September 2017
13th October 2017
18th October 2017
1
27th October 2017
10th November 2017
15th November 2017
2
8th December 2017
12th January 2018
17th January 2018

James McMicking, the ATI’s Chief Strategy Officer, said:
“There are great opportunities for projects aiming to start from 1st April 2018, but applicants need to plan ahead and engage with the ATI well in advance.  We will continue to work with industry and government to ensure that the ATI programme offers a world-class opportunity to develop strategic technologies for the benefit of the UK aerospace sector and wider economy.”
Tommy Edgar, the ATI’s new Strategic Portfolio Manager, said:
“We would welcome interested companies engaging with the ATI’s team of Technologists to present their concepts and ideas. These all need to have a clear route-to-market for exploitation in civil aerospace, whether that’s for current aircraft platforms or more disruptive technologies.”
Interested companies should contact ATI Technologists through the network of Specialist Advisory Groups or approach ATI directly via email to info@ati.org.uk.