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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 that can be found on the Innovation Funding Service webpage for Aerospace Technology Institute competitions. All applicants must also sign the ATI’s Framework Agreement before submitting full-stage proposals – failure to do so will result in a failed application; the ATI publishes an updated list of organisations that have signed the Framework Agreement, available here. 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 Notifications
October EOI Mon 5th October 2020 Wed 21st October 2020 Mon 9th November 2020
November EOI Mon 2nd November 2020 Wed 18th November 2020 Mon 7th December 2020
December EOI Mon 7th December 2020 Wed 23rd December 2020 Mon 18th January 2021
January EOI Mon 4th January 2021 Wed 20th January 2021 Mon 8th February 2021
February EOI Mon 1st February 2021 Wed 17th February 2021 Mon 8th March 2021
March EOI Mon 1st March 2021 Wed 17th March 2021 Mon 5th April 2021
April EOI Mon 6th April 2021 Wed 21st April 2021 Mon 10th May 2021
May EOI Mon 4th May 2021 Wed 19th May 2021 Mon 7th June 2021
June EOI Mon 7th June 2021 Wed 23rd June 2021 Mon 12th July 2021
July EOI Mon 5th July 2021 Wed 21st July 2021 Mon 9th August 2021
August EOI Mon 2nd August 2021 Wed 18th August 2021 Mon 6th September 2021
September EOI Mon 6th September 2021 Wed 22nd September 2021 Mon 11th October 2021
October EOI Mon 4th October 2021 Wed 20th October 2021 Mon 8th November 2021
November EOI Mon 1st November 2021 Wed 17th November 2021 Mon 6th December 2021
December EOI Mon 6th December 2021 Wed 22nd December 2021 Mon 10th January 2022


Stage 2 - Full Application

Competition Open Close
Batch 35 Mon 30th November 2020 Wed 6th January 2021
Batch 36 Mon 22nd February 2021 Wed 31st March 2021
Batch 37 Mon 24th May 2021 Wed 30th June 2021
Batch 38 Tue 31st August 2021 Wed 6th October 2021
Batch 39 Mon 29th November 2021 Wed 19th January 2022



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.


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.

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.

International bilateral funding calls are designed to advance both countries’ pursuit of transformative technology through R&D projects.

They provide an opportunity for 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.

There are no international funding calls currently open.

Future calls will appear here.

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.