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NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£150,000 - £300,000


Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).


A NATEP competition is held approximately every 6 months. This is call 4 of 6 and for each call there is up to £2.5m funding available.


The aim of this competition is to provide help SMEs to develop innovative aerospace technologies. These will enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to win new business.


Your proposal must align with the priorities stated in the UK Aerospace technology strategy, Accelerating Ambition.



Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £150,000 and £300,000.


Your project must:

·       end by 31 March 2024

·       last between 12 and 18 months

·       carry out all of its project work in the UK

·       intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


You can start your project from 1 June 2022.


To lead a project your organisation must:

·       be a UK registered SME

·       collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, research technology organisations (RTO), public sector organisations, charities or Academic Institutions


Any eligible UK registered business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications.



NATEP is funded by the ATI Programme. It supports companies in the aerospace supply chain to develop innovative technologies, working in collaboration with others and supported by higher tier companies. It equips them to win new business with existing customers and to diversify their customer base.


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, ‘Accelerating Ambition’, which is split into these areas:

·       vehicles: strengthening the UK’s whole-aircraft design and system integration capability, and positioning it for future generations of civil aircraft

·       advanced systems: developing UK advanced systems technologies to capture high-value opportunities in current and future aircraft

·       aero structures: ensuring the UK is a global leader in the development of large complex structures, particularly wings

·       propulsion and power: advancing a new generation of more efficient propulsion technologies, particularly large turbofans

·       cross-cutting enablers: developing high value design capabilities, advanced materials, manufacturing and assembly, and advanced through-life engineering technologies


As well as grant funding, NATEP projects can get free access to a high calibre Technical Manager. They will help companies accelerate their technology development towards market readiness.

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