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ATI Programme: R&D for Smaller Business funding call

Announcing the latest call in the ATI Programme aimed at supporting the UK supply chain.

By Edward Andrews

26 October 2020 12:00:PM
Read time: 4 mins

Alongside the impact that COVID-19 is having, both on our ability to travel and ensuring public health, the ever-growing need to deliver reduced carbon-producing aircraft is also driving radical change across the sector as it strives to meet net zero targets once the demand in air travel has returned. Perhaps most importantly in the near-term, we must ensure that the companies and organisations that form our global supply chains are able to weather the storm for future business success and be ready to take advantage of opportunities within the sector.

The ATI is excited to announce the latest call in the ATI Programme: R&D for Smaller Business, aimed at supporting the UK supply chain in delivering ambitious technology programmes. In collaboration with our partners at BEIS and Innovate UK, we will be running this call in search of ground-breaking and highly impactful technologies, aligned to the UK aerospace technology strategy Accelerating Ambition.

Success through collaboration

A key focus for the new call is to encourage and enable highly effective partnerships, demonstrating that collaborative working is a cost-effective and beneficial route for reaching technology and business goals. Partnerships can take the form of co-developers and researchers, technology suppliers and end users to demonstrate a customer pull. Projects encompassing all of these elements are likely to stand the best chance of success.

In partnership with Innovate UK and the KTN, we will be running a virtual briefing event on Monday 2nd November to provide details on the call, but more importantly, to give organisations the opportunity to pitch and seek fellow collaborators for building impactful consortia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with the ATI directly to ask questions on the technology strategy and seek guidance on technology.

Call background

The programme partners have announced a package of £8m call funding, with expressions of interest (EOI) opening on the 9th November. If successful, applicants will be invited to submit their full proposals early in the new year.

Projects must include at least one micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME), be industrially led, plan to carry out the work in the UK, and last for between 12 and 36 months.

As has recently been announced by the ATI, the programme will take advantage of enhanced funding rates for organisations, details of these can be found here. Total project eligible costs must be between £300,000 and £1.5m, with at least 50% of the funding going to the project SMEs.

An overview of the call can be found on the Innovation Funding Service website.

Summary of the ATI Programme: R&D for Smaller Business funding call

Engage with us

The ATI remains committed to supporting the UK aerospace sector. The number and quality of applications for funding through the ATI Programme are going from strength to strength despite the pandemic. It is a robust demonstration of the drive towards key innovations and new technologies to secure a more prosperous future for UK industry.

We are here to help innovative companies through our established and successful grant programmes to drive development of new products and services through intensive R&T. We are committed to delivering this rapidly to ensure we support businesses with the support they need, and organisations – whatever their shape or size – can come forward to us for advice and assistance. The ATI Programme continues to run as scheduled, and the R&D for Smaller Business funding call is open until 6th January 2021.

Interested in discussing an initial idea, or seeking advice on companies to partner with? Whether you are looking to participate in the R&D for Smaller Business funding call or the wider ATI Programme, the ATI is very much open for business and looking to support organisations during this unprecedented period of disruption. Contact us via info@ati.org.uk.