Through NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to develop innovative aerospace technologies. This competition is run by Innovate UK, in collaboration with the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


This competition aims to help SMEs develop innovative aerospace technologies, therefore enhancing their capabilities and increasing their ability to win new business in the civil aerospace sector. All projects must have a credible route to market and preferably have identified their end-users.

Additionally, all projects 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

Firstly, the lead organisation must be a UK registered SME. They must work in collaboration with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, research technology organisations, public sector organisations, charities or academic institutions. In addition, they will need to sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement.

Innovate UK primarily expects to fund businesses that are new to research and development or are restarting R&D activity. Their projects must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £150,000 and £300,000
  • Last between 12 and 18 months
  • Start by 1st June 2022 and end by 31st March 2024
  • Carry out all project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit its results from or in the UK
 More Information

This competition will open from 15th November 2021 until 12th January 2022. For more information, visit the competition page or register to attend the online briefing event on 22nd November. If you are looking for bid writing support, please contact us in order to arrange a free consultation.