in Aerospace

British SMEs funded to advance net zero air travel

Posted 14 November 2023

The UK Government has today launched a new funding programme through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), which targets cutting-edge SME aerospace research projects to advance net zero aviation and boost high-skilled jobs.

Image copyright Shutterstock

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) SME Programme will offer UK-based small and medium-sized firms the chance to bid for a share of £10 million total funding per year towards their innovative research projects.

The Programme is being announced by Industry Minister Nusrat Ghani today (14 November) at the ATI Conference in Birmingham, UK. It will be delivered in partnership with the ATI and Innovate UK.

Industry Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “I’m delighted to announce the new ATI SME Funding Programme, which will help propel our world-leading aerospace sector to new heights in the pursuit of innovative, clean, green air travel.

“UK aerospace businesses, with their expertise and innovation, are helping drive the industry on its journey to Net Zero by 2050, and in the process are helping us grow the UK economy and support high-skill, high-wage jobs.”

ATI CEO Gary Elliott said: “We know from the success of the ATI Programme that supporting advanced technologies secures market share for the UK, bringing economic benefit and delivering against the sector’s sustainability commitments on our journey to Destination Zero.”

“By connecting capability and funding technology development, the SME Programme will benefit organisations of all sizes across the nations and regions of the UK.”

The new Programme will open to applications in February 2024 and aims to give SMEs the best opportunities possible to apply for funding to develop innovative technologies supporting the Government’s commitment to Jet Zero.

This is the plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions for commercial aircraft by 2050, while also keeping the UK’s aerospace industry competitive in the sustainable design, manufacture, assembly and operation of future aircraft.

The Programme will allow SMEs in the UK aerospace sector to bid for grants of up to £1.5 million each, helping to boost high-skilled jobs in the industry across the UK.

It also builds on the Government’s commitment to backing UK aerospace R&D to succeed, as demonstrated by the ATI Programme, for which government provided £685 million in 2022.

Support for organisations engaging with the SME Programme will be delivered by the ATI Hub. This will include sessions with ATI technologists, themed innovation workshops and guidance on preparing for a pitch-panel presentation.

The ATI Hub can also generate new connections between start-ups, SMEs, bigger and tier one organisations which could become consortia applications to the SME Programme.

 

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Cambridge Sensoriis wins NATEP grant to deliver oDART tech

Cambridge Sensoriis Ltd, a UK company with deep expertise in radar technology, has been awarded a NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme) grant to deliver an ultra-lightweight onboard Detection and Avoidance

Babcock wins contract for British Army digital training platform

Babcock has won a contract to provide the British Army with a unique e-learning package that enables soldiers to recognise allied and threat battlefield vehicles and helicopters and gain critical insights into the capabilities of

THEON Sensors sole subcontractor on Elbit USMC SBNVG contract

Elbit Systems of America (Elbit America) has been awarded, through an international tender, a five-year $500 million IDIQ contract for the supply of the Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle (SBNVG) to the US Marine Corps (USMC) and (as

Rolls-Royce appoints VeraLinn Jamieson to North American Board

Rolls-Royce has announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. VeraLinn ‘Dash’ Jamieson, USAF (ret) to its Board of Directors for Rolls-Royce North America (RRNA).

C3IA Solutions warns less secure ‘smart’ products flooding the market

According to Poole based cyber-security company C3IA Solutions, there is an increasing risk that popular ‘smart’ products, including some bought as Christmas presents, could leave people and business users vulnerable

MoD urges wildlife enthusiasts to stay safe at Donna Nook

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is urging all wildlife enthusiasts heading to Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, during the seal pupping season, to be vigilant of military debris and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

ODU SK0104300422
See us at
DVD BTSpace Comm Expo BT