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The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has opened its next SME (small / medium-sized enterprise) Programme Outline Stage competition, inviting ‘innovative and high impact projects’ to apply for grant support. 

‘This funding programme is designed to maximise benefits to SMEs and to support and encourage industrial investment into the aerospace sector and its supply chain,’ explains the ATI, will be making up to £1.5 million available for each successful project.

Co-ordinated and managed by the Department for Business and Trade, Innovate UK and the ATI, the SME funding programme is inviting draft applications between now and 26 June 2024, with selected applications to be invited for an interview pitch. All candidates will be notified of an outcome by 16 July 2024.

Projects must be between 12 and 36 months in duration, and the maximum funding rates individual organisations can claim (ranging from small to large companies and research institutions) varying between 50% – 100% of eligible costs. Funding will come from the existing allocation of £685 million for the ATI Programme from the government for the years 2022/23 – 2024/25.

A variety of technological applications will be considered by the funding round, including avionics technologies for flight deck communications and passenger connectivity systems, although lighter-than-air aircraft, cargo aircraft and drones are not covered by this specific programme.