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United Kingdom : Leading UK aerospace designs: funding for projects
Publish Date : 15-May-2019

Innovative projects delivering smart, energy-efficient technologies that could bolster the UK aerospace industry are invited to a regular call for ideas.

The UKs aerospace sector is among the best in the world, with a turnover of 35 billion and hosting 123,000 direct employees in 2017. To remain at its peak, the UK needs to explore emerging opportunities and markets.

Organisations are invited to express an interest in a competition worth 150 million a year with their innovative ideas for future aerospace design and manufacture. The best projects will then be invited to apply for grant funding.

The investment is part of the 3.9 billion UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) programme, a partnership between government and industry, managed by Innovate UK, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Moving up
This competition provides funding for industrial research or capital investment projects that align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.

Priority areas include whole aircraft design and integration, aerostructures, advanced systems and propulsion technologies.

Project themes are detailed in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, and include:

improving UK whole-aircraft design and system integration
future-proofing advanced systems technologies in the UK specifically, smart, connected and more electric aircrafts
securing the UKs world-leading position in large, complex aviation structures, particularly wings
developing more efficient propulsion technologies, including large turbofans
Find the full list of the strategic themes on the ATI website.

Competition information
the competition will open on 3 June 2019, and the closing date is 19 June 2019
UK-based business, research and technology groups and academic organisations can be the project lead, depending on the project type
businesses could get up to 70% of their costs for industry-led research projects, or up to 50% of their costs for capital investment projects
organisations must sign up to the ATI framework agreement
an online briefing event will be held on 10 June 2019 where organisations can find out more about the competition and applying.

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