UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme: fast-track collaborative R&D EoI

Fund Name: fast-track collaborative R&D EoI
Project Length: 12 - 2 years
Project Value: Share of up to £8m
Deadline: 05/12/2018


The aim of this competition is to develop and encourage SMEs (within the aerospace sector or outside) who have a technology which can be exploited in the next 5 years.

Fund details

Your project can focus one or more of the following themes.

Enabling future sensing for harsh environments and integrated vehicle health monitoring (IVHM)

Topics can include, for example:

  • harsh environment rotorcraft IVHM
  • harsh environment engine sensors
  • embedded sensors in composite structures

Coping with extreme conditions

Topics can include, for example:

  • materials
  • processes and tools for material manufacture

Creating secure, smart, connected and efficient sub-systems

Topics can include, for example:

  • compact, multi-modal, power efficient communications
  • modular security solutions for airborne systems
  • thermal management sub-systems and components

Technologies to improve factory efficiency

Topics can include, for example:

  • factory automation and robotic
  • in-situ monitoring and inspection
  • component and assembly tooling and fixtures
  • digital factories

Your project can have total project costs of £425,000 to £1 million. Projects must start by August 2019 and end by August 2021. They can last between 12 months and 2 years.


To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • plan to carry out an aerospace research or technology development project in the UK
  • address the specific requirements of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Raising Ambition’
  • sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) framework agreement
  • work in collaboration with other organisations to develop proposals and deliver projects

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • claim grant funding through this competition
  • work in collaboration with others

To collaborate you must be a:

  • business
  • research organisation
  • public sector organisation
  • charity

We encourage larger businesses, SMEs, universities and research and technology organisations to collaborate.

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If you think that you might be eligible for this fund, please Get In Touch by filling out the contact form below.

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