The Programme

The UK Aerospace Research & Technology (R&T) Programme represents a joint Government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace design and manufacture. It is addressing large-scale technology and capability challenges, principally over a rolling 5 to 15-year timeframe. The UK Aerospace R&T Programme provides grant funding up to 50% of total value of research projects, and up to 100% of total value of capital investment projects.

The programme is coordinated and managed by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. All three organisations work in close collaboration to deliver a coherent portfolio of projects to meet the objectives and priorities of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

The ATI is responsible for developing the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, supported by a network of advisory groups, and stimulating industry-led R&T projects that align with this strategy and maximise the potential to deliver UK economic benefit. The ATI provides strategic oversight of the R&T pipeline and portfolio, co-chairing the Strategic Review Committee with BEIS and advising on project investment.

The budget holder, BEIS, is accountable for the final decision regarding projects to progress and fund with Government resources, as well as performing Value for Money (VfM) assessment on project proposals when required.

Innovate UK is the delivery partner for the UK Aerospace R&T Programme, performing independent assessment of proposals, commercial management and downstream portfolio management, encompassing the monitoring of projects under contract.