To ensure that the UK remains at the pinnacle of civil aerospace innovation, organisations are invited to express an interest in a competition worth £150 million a year with their ideas for pioneering aerospace design and manufacturing projects. The best projects will then be invited to apply for grant funding.
This competition provides funding for industrial research or capital investment projects. They must:
strengthen UK whole-aircraft design and system integration
future-proof systems technologies in the UK – specifically, smart, connected and more electric aircrafts
secure the UK’s world-leading position in large, complex aviation structures, particularly wings
advanced the next generation of propulsion technologies, particularly large turbofans
Projects must align with priorities within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.
the competition will open on 4 March 2019, and the deadline for expressions of interest is at midday on 20 March 2019
UK-based business, research and technology groups and academic organisations can be the project lead, depending on the project type
businesses could attract up to 50% of project costs for industry-led research projects. Single applicants in capital investment projects and partners in industry-led research collaborations could attract up to 100%