Bilateral Relationships

International engagement is a key part of the UK aerospace technology strategy. By collaborating with organisations from different countries, the UK aerospace sector is provided with unique opportunities to boost the competitiveness of the UK’s aerospace industry.

International collaboration provides opportunities to:

  • Plug gaps in UK capability by gaining access to partners with skills and experience not readily vailable in the UK
  • Strengthen relationships with major overseas companies to position themselves for future opportunities
  • Bolster existing capability through the exchange of knowledge and information
  • Gain access to facilities and infrastructure that they are not able to access in the UK
  • Encourage greater levels of inward investment by giving organisations overseas a greater level of trust and confidence in the UK economy

The same opportunities exist for our international colleagues and we are keen to work with the aerospace sectors of different countries where there is a mutual benefit in doing so.


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The UK aerospace sector has a flourishing relationship with aerospace companies and academia in Sweden and the ATI is working with Innovair, to strengthen ties.
A bottom-up approach has taken place to date, with the ATI holding a number of bilateral roundtable meetings as well as a series of meetings with individual companies and representatives of the Swedish Government.

Underpinning UK-Sweden ties is a track record of existing collaboration. The UK and Sweden have been involved with projects associated with evaluation of complex products and projects exploring more cost efficient assembly of composite structural parts, enabling higher rates of production. Meetings that have taken place between UK and Swedish organisations have revealed a desire for further collaboration in a number of diverse areas.

UK Sweden joint funding call

Together with Innovair, (the Swedish Programme for aeronautics) and delivery partners Innovate UK and Vinnova, the UK and Sweden have developed a joint funding call for aerospace R&D projects under the EUREKA Network Projects programme. Applicants are expected to develop projects which have strong market potential for the UK and Sweden and all applications must be guided by the respective aerospace strategies of the UK and Sweden.
• UK: Raising Ambition, the UK Aerospace Research and Technology programme strategy
• Sweden: NRIA Flyg – the Swedish aeronautical research and innovation agenda

Project ideas are welcome to come forward covering all aspects of civil aerospace/aeronautics. Projects should demonstrate alignment to the national aerospace strategies of the UK and Sweden, which includes the following technology areas:
• Structures
• Materials
• Systems
• Propulsion
• Manufacturing processes
• Through Life Engineering Services (TES)

The overall aim of the joint funding call is to foster industry-led collaborative R&D projects between UK and Swedish companies to advance both countries’ aerospace industries and on the UK side, we have apportioned £750K per year (for three years) and Sweden (through Vinnova) has apportioned the same amount. Matched by industry, this will result in a total call amount of £6 million.

Get involved/find out more

If you would like to be added to the ATI’s stakeholder group associated with UK-Sweden collaboration and/or find out more about UK-Sweden collaboration, please contact


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The ATI has being working hard to foster ties and develop strong relationships with representative organisations of the Candaian aerospace sector, paving the way for future strategic bilateral work to take place. Over the last 18 months, the ATI has attended and spoken at events organised by the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) and ATI representatives have delivered a number of keynotes and lectures at the Aerospace Innovation Forum.

Get involved/find out more

If you would like to find out more about UK-Canada ties (including receiving a briefing of the most recent UK-Canada bilateral meetings) please email