Specialist R&D Tax & Grant Funding Advisors

Innovate UK - December EoI Competition - Aerospace Sector

Cale Bannister

Marketing Manager


The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. Organisations are invited to propose innovative projects that could benefit the UK aerospace industry through smarter, more energy-efficient technologies.

This programme is co-ordinated and managed by:

  • the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation
  • the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

Innovate UK work in collaboration to deliver a portfolio of projects to meet the objectives of the Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Raising Ambition’.

This is an expression of interest competition. There are 4 stages and the whole process takes at least 6 months.

  1. Expression of interest (EOI): opens monthly and is reviewed by ATI only.
  2. Full stage application (FSA): invite only, if successful in stage 1, with proposal development on the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) by applicants.
  3. Independent assessment by Innovate UK, value for money (VfM) and policy review by BEIS, and strategic assessment by ATI.
  4. Final approvals by BEIS and contracting through Innovate UK.

More information is on the ATI website.

In ordered to be considered your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector.

Priority areas identified within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy include:

  • whole aircraft design and integration
  • aerostructures
  • advanced systems
  • propulsion technologies

Only projects which score well against the following criteria will receive funding from the UKART Programme:

  • Strategic fit with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy.
  • Value for money for the UK and potential impact of the exploitation of your idea once the project is over.
  • Project deliverables such as time, cost and quality (including risks).

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Successful applicants will be invited to the second stage. A decision to proceed with stage 2 will depend on the outcomes from this EoI. We will monitor changes between your stage 1 and stage 2 submissions. We will not accept unjustified major changes in the consortium or costs.

Project size:

  • Total project costs and project duration must be appropriate and in proportion to the planned objectives and prioritisation within the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy


  • 10 December 2018  - Competition opens
  • 17 December 2018 - Online briefing event.
  • 2 January 2019 - 12:00pm Competition closes
  • 22 January 2019 - Applicants notified

Interested in applying? Let us prepare your winning bid.

  • Win Rate - Myriad Associates’ boast a 70% success rate with Innovate UK applications. 
  • Winning Application - We’ve had some of the highest scoring applications in Europe. We also recently took both #1 spots in the last Horizon 2020 SME Scheme and Irish DTIF Grant Funding competitions.
  • Honest & Trustworthy – We will not waste your time or money. If we feel your application won't succeed, we will tell you before we undertake the application process.
  • Risk-free Eligibility Call – Call us for a free eligibility call to see if you have an application worth applying for.

Click here for a free eligibility call or visit Innovate UK to find out more