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ATI Programme

The ATI works in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK to offer funding streams designed to accelerate innovation in the UK to maintain global competitiveness.

Demand for ATI Programme funding is high and has been increasing. In the past we have sought to commit to as much activity as possible, while leaving budget headroom to start new projects each year. The impact of COVID-19 changed this; R&D activity due in FY2020/21 is now forecast to take place in FY2021/22. Our latest forecast shows that we have no scope to commit to new projects this financial year.

To manage this, we have suspended new applications to the Programme, including expressions of interest. We will review forecast spend each month to test when we can re-open the Programme for new applications. Based on the latest data we do not think this will happen until the start of FY2022/23 (which begins April 2022).

Projects with existing grant agreements, or those that have already been passed by the strategic review committee, are not affected. Also unaffected is the funding available through the NATEP or R&D Funding for Smaller Business competitions.

The ATI will remain open and active, reviewing the UK’s aerospace technology strategy, running FlyZero and consulting with industry on potential future projects.

Please refer to the full statement on the pause to the ATI Programme here, and the FAQs here.

The four funding streams are explained below.

Important: All applicants to an ATI Programme funding competition must sign the ATI’s Framework Agreement before submitting full-stage proposals – failure to do so will result in a failed application. The ATI publishes a list of organisations that have signed the Framework Agreement, available here. Industrial partners should read the guide to Industrial Contributions.

Please note that the Strategic Programme is currently paused for new applications; refer to the full statement here and the FAQs here.

The following information about the Strategic Programme is for reference only.

The Strategic Programme is a comprehensive 2-stage assessment process suited to larger programmes typically accessing grants in excess of £1 million.

Your project must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

Stage 1 requires applicants to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI); the EOI is assessed by the ATI.

Successful EOIs will be invited to Stage 2 to complete a Full Application. Once submitted, the Full Application will undergo ATI, BEIS and Innovate UK independent assessment in parallel. No further changes to the application are permitted once the submission deadline has passed.

All applicants must sign the ATI’s Framework Agreement before submitting proposals.

Governance

It is possible for applicants to reach grant contract in 6 months, subject to the applicant achieving certain deadlines, meeting strategic requirements of the programme and offering excellent impact potential. Applicants should note that the funding process is competitive, and only the best applications will receive funding.

Applicants are encouraged to read the General Guidance for Applicants before applying.

All applicants must sign the ATI’s  Framework Agreement before submitting proposals.

This funding stream will invest up to £8 million in research and technology projects to deliver world-leading aerospace technologies in the UK.

Funding through the R&D Funding for Smaller Business competition is not affected by the suspension of new applications to the ATI Programme.

This call supports and encourages industrial investment into the aerospace sector and its supply chain, through the funding of innovative and high impact projects. These projects will demonstrate forward-looking and disruptive solutions to UK civil aerospace challenges.

Governance

Your project must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

Future calls will appear here.

The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is suited to smaller businesses and offers a maximum project size of £300k. As well as grant funding, the programme provides high calibre technical and management resource to help those companies accelerate the technology development towards market readiness.

Funding through NATEP is not affected by the suspension of new applications to the ATI Programme.

NATEP Spring 2021 call dates:

Competition opens: 13 November 2020

Competition closes: 18 May 2021

More information on how to apply can be found here.

Please note that the Strategic Programme is currently paused for new applications; refer to the full statement here and the FAQs here.

As a result, international bilateral funding calls are on hold. 

The ATI Boeing Accelerator is a 3-month programme delivered in partnership with Ignite. It is suitable for software start-ups looking to scale their business within the aerospace sector - particularly for solutions focused on Industry 4.0 and sustainability-enabling technologies. It offers a £100k equity investment per start-up, first-hand access to Boeing and GKN Aerospace strategists and technical experts and much more.

To find out more, visit the website.