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Funding Streams

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.

The ATI Programme is open to consortia formed from different types and sizes of organisations. Consortia can be formed between industry, academia and research organisations.

The four funding streams are explained below.

Important: All applicants must adhere to the published guidance for the ATI Programme. General Guidance for Applicants defines the requirements specific to the programme, covering submission of project proposals to the ATI, Innovate UK and BEIS. It is essential that all applicants read this document before embarking on the development of a proposal to ensure a thorough understanding of the end-to-end process and at what point to engage with each organisation. All applicants must also sign the ATI’s Framework Agreement before submitting proposals. Industrial partners should read the guide to Industrial Contributions.

The Strategic Programme offers four competitive funding batches per year. It 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) on the Innovation Funding Service portal. You will first need to create an account. The EOI will be assessed by the ATI.

Successful EOIs will be invited to Stage 2 to complete a Full Application, also via the Innovation Funding Service portal. 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.

Full Applications are assessed quarterly, in January, April, July and October.

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

Key Dates

Stage 1 - Expression of Interest

Competition Open Close Result Notification
January EOI Mon 6th Jan 2020 Wed 22nd Jan 2020 Tues 11th Feb 2020
February EOI Mon 3rd Feb 2020 Wed 19th Feb 2020 Tues 10th Mar 2020
March EOI Mon 2nd Mar 2020 Wed 18th Mar 2020 Tues 7th Apr 2020


Stage 2 - Full Application

Competition Open Close Notification to Applicant
Batch 31 Mon 4th Nov 2019 Wed 11th Dec 2019 Fri 28th Feb 2020
Batch 32 Mon 17th Feb 2020 Wed 25th Mar 2020 Fri 5th Jun 2020
Batch 33 Mon 25th May 2020 Wed 1st Jul 2020 Fri 11th Sep 2020
Batch 34 Mon 31st Aug 2020 Wed 7th Oct 2020 Fri 18th Dec 2020
Batch 35 Mon 30th Nov 2020 Wed 6th Jan 2021 Fri 26th Mar 2021



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.

Applications must be submitted through the  Innovation Funding Service website.

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

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.


Phase 2 of this competition will open in February 2020.

Your project must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

General guidance for applicants and how to apply can be found on the Innovation Funding Service website.

The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is suited to smaller businesses and offers a maximum £150k grant for projects. 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.

More information on how to apply can be found here.

International engagement is a key part of the ATI’s mission to position the UK’s aerospace industry as globally competitive. 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.


Open calls will appear here.

ATI Boeing Accelerator

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


The first cohort started the programme in January 2020.

Information on how to apply for cohort 2 will be posted here.