The ATI Programme represents to date a £3.2billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.
This programme is co-ordinated and managed by:
We work in collaboration to deliver a portfolio of projects to meet the objectives of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Destination Zero’.
This is phase 1 of a strategic batch competition within the ATI Programme. There are 2 phases to each strategic batch competition. If you are successful at phase 2 you will proceed to final approvals and contracting. The whole process takes at least 6 months.
1. Expression of interest (EoI) – this competition: opens monthly and is reviewed by the Aerospace Technology Institute only. There is no funding in this phase.
The Aerospace Technology Institute make a recommendation to BEIS as to whether an EOI should progress to the Full Stage Evaluation. BEIS is responsible for making the final decision whether or not your EOI progresses to the Full Stage Evaluation.
2. Full stage application (FSA): invite only, if successful in the expression of interest phase. Independent assessment by Innovate UK, value for money (VfM) and policy review by BEIS, and strategic review by the Aerospace Technology Institute.
BEIS as the budget holder for the ATI Programme has the final funding decision. If you are successful at phase 2, Innovate UK will perform financial viability and eligibility checks. You will be contracted by Innovate UK.
To lead a project or work alone, your organisation must:
Your project’s duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the UK Aerospace TechnologyStrategy, ‘Destination Zero’.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Your organisation must:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
The ATI Programme has been allocated £685 million from the government for the financial years2022 to 2023 through to 2024 to 2025 to fund innovation projects.. If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
Your project cannot be a mixture of industrial research and capital infrastructure investment.
BEIS know that demand is high for the ATI Programme. To manage this financial pressure, BEIS may need to apply an overall cap on project level funding. BEIS do not know whether this will be necessary but as the budget holder, they will decide before the full application process starts for Batch 38. If BEIS do impose a cap, it is likely that overall grant rate for each project would be capped between 50% to 60% of total eligible project costs.
Industrial research projects
Individual partners that are conducting commercial or economic activities (which may include research organisations) as part of the project can claim grant funding up to:
The total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is £18 million.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Capital infrastructure projects
Your project must focus on the construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities.
Each infrastructure project can receive total grant funding of up to £18 million and the total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs.In a collaborative capital infrastructure project between business and research organisations, the research organisations undertaking non-economic activity aspart of the project can claim up to 100% of their own costs. However, the total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs.
Research organisations and academic institutions acting alone or collaboratively and conducting non-economic activities can claim up to 100% funding, however you must obtain written consent from BEIS prior to submission. BEIS’ consent to request 100%does not guarantee funding and funding would be awarded on a no-subsidy basis.
Your total eligible project costs must be the investment costs in intangible and tangible assets.
If the research infrastructure pursues both economic and non-economic activities, you must:
Access to the research infrastructure for its operation or use must be open to several users without discrimination and be granted on a transparent basis. Users must be charged the market price.
If an organisation has financed at least 10% of the investment costs of the project infrastructure, it can be granted preferential access under more favourable conditions.
The access must be in proportion to the organisation’s contribution to the investment costs and access conditions must be made publicly available.
This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition. You must have a successful application in this competition before you can be invited to apply to the full stage competition.
If you are successful in this EoI competition, you will be invited to apply for the next full stage Batch competition of the ATI Programme.
Should you not wish to submit an application in either of the next two Batch competitions, then you will be required to submit a new Expression of Interest for assessment.
Your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector. This can include dual use technologies.
Your proposal must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Destination Zero’, which is split into these areas:
Zero-Carbon Emission Aircraft Technologies
Zero-carbon emission technologies are focused on propulsion and infrastructure development to enable zero-carbon tailpipe emissions. This encompasses battery, hydrogen, and fuel cell technologies, much of which are in early stages of development.
Ultra-Efficient Aircraft Technologies
Ultra-efficient technologies are focused on improving energy efficiency and hence impact CO2 emissions, NOx and noise. Continued development of crucial high value, sustainable, high productivity manufacturing technologies will position the UK to be a first-choice location for the industry.
Cross-cutting Enabling Technologies
To enable both the zero-carbon and ultra-efficient opportunities, the UK must develop cross-cutting enabling technologies and capabilities for whole aircraft design and analysis. These capabilities should extend to the aircraft lifecycle from design, through manufacture & assembly, operation, and end of life.
The ATI Programme partners will monitor changes between your phase 1 and phase 2 submissions. We will not accept unjustified major changes in the consortium or costs.