Aerospace is a global industry. We engage with colleagues in Europe and across the world in pursuit of R&T opportunities for the UK aerospace sector.

Bilateral R&T collaboration

The ATI considers international engagement to be a key part of the UK aerospace technology strategy. International collaboration increases impact and allows individual nations to pool talent, resources and capabilities to address global challenges that no single country can tackle alone. International collaboration is particularly important for aerospace as the sector is inherently global and by collaborating with organisations from different countries, the UK aerospace sector is provided with unique opportunities to boost its competitiveness.

UK-Sweden funding call

The ATI and Swedish partners Innovair recognise the importance of international collaboration and continue to create an environment to support collaboration on innovative technologies from organisations in the UK and Sweden. To date, two bilaterally funded calls have been launched (in 2018 and 2020) with a further call planned. Managed through the EUREKA Network programme, the funding calls support the development of mutually important technologies – enabling organisations from both countries to plug capability gaps and to gain access to people, skills, and infrastructure not readily available to them. The previous calls committed £4.5m and yielded several high quality projects involving 23 partners from both nations. For more information please explore our projects.

Participation in international fora

The ATI represents the interests of the UK aerospace R&T sector on the international stage by participating in a number of committees, working groups and forums. ATI personnel represent the UK (often with colleagues from BEIS) on the following groups;

EU exit

Continued engagement with Europe in science and technology, both at academic and industrial level, is very important for the UK aerospace sector. The ATI is supportive of the government’s stated aspiration to pursue an ambitious science and innovation pact with the EU. An expanded focus on bilateral frameworks should also be pursued and the ATI supports the government’s International Research and Innovation Strategy.

Practical advice for those currently receiving – or wanting to pursue – European funding can be found here:

Working with DIT to support trade and investment

Promoting exports by enhancing UK-based companies’ capability through R&D is a core part of the ATI’s international programme, as is promoting inward investment through the unique capabilities of UK-based R&D. The ATI work closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to support overseas missions and promote inward investment opportunities. The ATI’s focus is to ensure the UK’s best technologies are showcased to global OEMs, through dedicated missions targeting specific requirements and platforms, whilst also attracting the best innovative companies to the UK.