ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest

The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive in line with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy ‘Destination Zero’. Interested? Then get in touch to find out more!


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Note this is an Expression of Interest. No funding will be awarded at this stage. Successful EOIs will be invited to apply for the next full stage Batch competition of the ATI programme.


Proposals must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Destination Zero’, in the following 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.


  • Aerospace research or capital infrastructure work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK-based business of any size.
  • Project partners must be a UK-registered organisation
  • Subcontractors, preferably UK based, can be used with justification and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.
  • Subsidy Control and State Aid funding rules apply.
  • Projects cannot be a mix of industrial research and capital infrastructure investment

Funding Rates

  • Note this is an Expression of Interest. No funding will be awarded at this stage.
  • Total project costs and project duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Destination Zero’.
  • For Industrial Research projects you can claim grant funding up to:
    • 70% if you are a small or micro organisation
    • 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • 50% if you are a large organisation
    • The total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is £18 million.
    • Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs.
  • For Capital Infrastructure projects you can claim:
    • Each infrastructure project can receive total grant funding of up to £18 million
    • The total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs.
    • In collaborative projects, research organisations can claim up to 100% of their costs. However, the total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs.
    • Research organisations and academic institutions 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.

How PNO can support you

The UK team has a strong track record in securing some of the most competitive national and European grants on behalf of its clients, with a full understanding of how a project should be presented to stand the highest chance of success. Each year in the UK alone, we are responsible for the submission of more than 100 funding applications across all sectors and priority areas. Based on this extensive experience, through careful project selection and using key insight into how a project should be best positioned, we consistently achieve success rates that are more than 5 times the typical success rates for UK national schemes and EU programmes.

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