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NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Spring 2021

Opens:
6/4/2021
Closes:
21/4/2021
Sectors:
All
Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£100,000 - £300,000

Summary

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 for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (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 proposal will be subject to:

  • independent assessment by Innovate UK.
  • strategic review by the Aerospace Technology Institute.

 

You will need to pass both assessments in order to for your application to be recommended for funding. BEIS has the final funding decision.

 

Eligibility

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £300,000.

 

Your project must:

  • start by 1 October 2021
  • end by 31 March 2023

 

They can last between 12 and 18 months.

 

If your organisation is a UK registered business, or a research and technology organisation (RTO) participating as a business, you must show in your answer you can provide match funding from entirely private sector sources, across all projects you are involved in.

 

The funder holders primarily expect to fund businesses that are new to research and development (R&D) or are restarting R&D activity.

 

Academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations, large businesses and RTOs cannot lead.

Scope

The aim of this competition is to help SMEs to develop their own innovative technologies. These should enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business in the civil aerospace sector.

 

Your project must have a credible route to market and preferably have identified your end users. Your project should:

 

  • demonstrate improvement in business productivity and competitiveness
  • show clear benefit technically
  • be able to pull through new technology or processes for use in a current or future product or manufacturing process
  • show clear benefit in creating or safeguarding jobs
  • be able to enhance capabilities within the broader aerospace industry, as well as other sectors such as advanced manufacturing

 

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
  • aerostructures: 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
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