Innovate UK, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will coordinate and manage the programme.

This competition provides funding for industrial research or capital investment projects. They must: strengthen UK whole-aircraft design and system integration; future-proof systems technologies in the UK – specifically, smart, connected and more electric aircrafts; secure the UK’s world-leading position in large, complex aviation structures, particularly wings; and advance the next generation of propulsion technologies, particularly large turbofans.

Projects must align with priorities within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, which is the responsibility of The ATI supported a network of advisory groups.

The competition will open on 4 March 2019, and the deadline for expressions of interest is at midday on 20 March 2019. UK-based business, research and technology groups and academic organisations can be the project lead, depending on the project type. Businesses could attract up to 50% of project costs for industry-led research projects. Single applicants in capital investment projects and partners in industry-led research collaborations could attract up to 100%. Organisations must sign up to the ATI framework agreement - a bilateral agreement between the ATI and an organisation that is seeking an ATI grant.

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