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Government invests £100 million into six aerospace projects via Aerospace Technology Institute

12 February 2015 - The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills last week announced funding of £100 million to support six (including £20 million of investment in skills and £80 million for aerospace research) to help deliver growth and innovation in aerospace technology.

This funding comes from a £2 billion pot committed jointly by industry and government as part of its industrial strategy, through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

The projects involve 18 companies, 11 academic or research institutions and 5 Catapult centres from across the UK.

The six projects receiving funding from the ATI are:

  • £14 million for 9 partners led by Rolls-Royce – and including McLaren Racing - for high-tech research projects, using Formula 1 know-how to help develop high power gearboxes for future jet engines;
  • £14 million for 9 partners, led by Airbus, to design improved landing gear for future aircraft, including introducing electric taxi technology so that engines can be switched off immediately after landing, saving fuel and reducing emissions;
  • £9 million for 7 companies, led by Airbus Group, to improve the management of power used on aircraft and replace hydraulic systems with electric control systems. This will deliver lighter, greener aircraft, reducing CO2 emissions and saving airlines up to an estimated £2 billion annually;
  • £10 million for 5 companies, led by GE Aviation Systems, to develop advanced printed circuit board test equipment, to improve the manufacture of high quality electronics that can operate in harsh environments;
  • a £17 million project led by Rolls-Royce working with suppliers to develop new concepts for future engine architectures to improve environmental performance
  • £16 million for Airbus, Marshalls ADG and Bristol, Loughborough and Cranfield Universities to research and test innovations in wing design.

Third HITEA collaborative R&D competition expected

Innoate UK invested up to £5m in collaborative research and development to encourages innovative solutions for some of the higher-risk challenges facing the UK aerospace industry in its second HITEA (Highly innovative technology enablers in aerospace) competition two years ago.

We expect that Innovate UK will be running a third HITEA collaborative R&D competition in the near future - watch this space for more information as soon as we know more.

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