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Targeted funding helping the aerospace sector through Covid-19

The UK-Sweden aerospace R&D funding call is now open for applications.

By Scott Pendry

27 April 2020 03:00:PM
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Our joint funding call with Sweden opens today, and we want innovative companies to put themselves forward. As aerospace technology becomes more complex and expensive to develop, nobody has all the answers, even in distinct technology domains. Facilitating international collaboration is therefore a key strand of ATI activity. As the sector adapts to a post coronavirus crisis ‘new normal’ against the background of an expectation of much lower carbon footprint, technology development will play a key role in driving a return to sustainable growth.

Last week’s online information day – originally planned as twin events in London and Stockholm - was one of the first events we have held virtually, and we were delighted with the outcome. We were joined by 177 people from a range of organisations, and 19 companies elected to give a 2 minute pitch outlining their capabilities and areas they would like to collaborate with others on. It was a fantastic glimpse into the issues and drivers within our sector and highlighted some of the key opportunities for collaboration. If your organisation would like to get involved in the UK-Sweden funding call, you can find all the details on our website.

R&D powering innovation

The survivability and prosperity of our sector depends on maintenance of UK aerospace R&D. The Government has recognised this through its numerous support schemes aimed to maintain the flame of activity before it can be nurtured and grown again. Whilst there may be short term benefits to limiting or even mothballing R&D activity now, there is a very real risk that curtailing R&D spending will prove detrimental to future growth and market attainment. The ATI, and the partner organisations in the ATI Programme, understand the difficulties that are confronting our sector and remain committed to supporting where we can; we encourage you to engage with us to discuss any support that you may require in your civil aerospace R&D.

Call background

The UK-Sweden call was developed jointly with Innovair (the Swedish strategic programme for aeronautics) along with our delivery partners Innovate UK, Vinnova and BEIS, and is designed to advance both countries’ pursuit of transformative technology through R&D projects.

Combined funding matched with industry contributions amounts to a total call volume of £9 million and UK organisations can apply for up to £2.25 million of grant funding. The funding call – delivered through the EUREKA programme – will provide an opportunity for organisations in both countries to leverage the strengths and capabilities of both nations. We are expecting organisations in the UK to gain access to infrastructure and facilities that might not be available indigenously, encourage inward investment by inspiring greater trust and confidence in the UK industrial and academic base and boost the visibility of smaller firms, positioning them for future supply chain work with companies such as Saab and GKN Sweden.

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&D. 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 UK-Sweden funding call is open until 1st July 2020.

Interested in discussing an initial idea, or seeking advice on companies to partner with? Whether you are looking to participate in the UK-Sweden 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