Apply For Funding


There are three possible entry points for your NATEP application.

Project review by Project Review Panels (PRPs) made up of Industry representatives will support projects to prepare for online applications into the Innovate UK (IUK) online IFS application system.

Projects will be judged against the following criteria, scores are awarded for each of the questions on the outline proposal form.

Outline proposals must be submitted to prior to the Deadline for Submission. 

Details of the deadlines can be found at the top of this page.

How to Apply

Before applying it is recommended that you first contact your local NATEP representative see contact information below.  Applications for funding follow a 2-stage process.

The outline proposal stage requires provisional information about the proposed project to enable the selection of those projects which will be invited to make a full proposal.

You are encouraged to ask for help completing the form. For clarification of any of the requirements please contact your local NATEP representative. The full proposal stage will require more details with a programme plan, work breakdown structure and a spend schedule, but will still be kept as simple as possible.

Representatives of the partners collaborating in the project will be required to make a presentation and answer questions at a panel meeting.

Application Terms & Conditions

  • To lead you must be an SME
  • Applications must be collaborative
  • Applications must be Industrial Research
  • Project must have an application, or potential application, within civil aerospace.
  • Development of technologies should be in line with Aerospace Technology Institute Technology Strategy or an explanation provided of why if not.
  • You can collaborate with academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Any SME can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications. If a business is not leading an application, they can collaborate in up to 3 applications.
  • For all projects, no one project partner can incur more than 70% of the total project costs.
  • The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
  • Submissions must demonstrate a clear route to market and preferably have an end user identified
  • Projects can last from 12 months up to a maximum of 18 months
  • Maximum project size is £300,000
  • Projects must plan to carry out project work in the UK
  • Projects must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
  • The project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses or an end user. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.
  • Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding
  • Innovate UK is unable to award grant funding to organisations meeting the condition known as undertakings in difficulty – see Guidance here
  • The grant rate claimed must remain the same for the life of the project