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ATI SME programme

Fund Name

ATI SME programme

Project Length

12-36 months

Project Value

Up to £1.5m



This competitive funding programme is designed to maximise benefits to SMEs and to support and encourage industrial investment into the aerospace sector and its supply chain, through the funding of innovative and high-impact projects.

The programme is coordinated and managed by:

  • Department for Business and Trade
  • Innovate UK
  • Aerospace Technology Institute

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Fund details

The ATI’s strategy and focus for investment is delivering clean growth for the UK Aerospace Sector. Eligible projects will develop technologies that will deliver lower emissions, improve competitiveness and/or grow the UK’s market share. This competition aims to help SMEs to develop innovative technology in line with the ATI’s strategy, which can be exploited in the next five years. The primary application for technologies developed through this competition should be for the civil aerospace sector but cross-sector application is valuable.

Applications must align with the UK aerospace technology strategy, Destination Zero, which is split into these areas:

  • Zero-carbon emission aircraft technologies
  • Ultra-efficient aircraft technologies
  • Cross-cutting enabling technologies


To lead a project, organisations must:

  • be a UK-registered SME or a business of any size with at least one SME in the consortium
  • carry out your aerospace research project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • address the specific requirements of the UK’s Aerospace Technology Strategy
  • sign up to the ATI SME Programme Agreement
  • claim funding

Collaboration or single applications are accepted for this competition. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

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