Green aerospace technology will receive record government funding

  • The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) program will receive record government funding of £685m over the next 3 years, an increase of over 50%
  • total industry funding of over £1bn will support the development of zero-carbon, ultra-low-emission aircraft technology key to the green industrial revolution
  • The ATI program will also reopen to new applications for funding, having already secured more than 81,000 jobs over the past decade

Britain’s aerospace technology research programme, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), is to receive record levels of government funding, Industry Minister Lee Rowley confirmed today (29 March 2022), advancing the research and development of green aeronautical technologies.

The ATI will receive £685m from the government for the financial years 2022-23 to 2024-25, an increase of £235m on the previous three-year period. Industry will provide co-funding, bringing the total to over £1bn.

The funds will be used to capitalize on the UK‘s leading R&D system and support the development of zero-carbon, ultra-low-emission aircraft technology, cementing the UK’s place at the forefront. keeps advancing new green technologies, while supporting tens of thousands of works.

Previous projects supported include ZeroAvia’s six-seat hydrogen-electric aircraft, which is the largest aircraft of its type in the world, as well as Rolls-Royce’s development of the largest and most efficient aircraft engine ever. designed.

Industry Minister Lee Rowley said:

Since its inception in 2013, the Institute of Aerospace Technology has enjoyed enormous success, already funding cutting-edge innovations like hydrogen-powered aircraft and 3D-printed components. These projects are having a real impact and could one day help the global aviation industry move to net zero.

Today’s commitment is a sign of our growing ambition and will give businesses large and small the confidence to invest in the technologies that will take civil aviation into the next generation.

Aerospace Technology Institute CEO Gary Elliott said:

I am delighted that the UK Government‘s commitment to investing in R&T in sustainable aircraft has today resulted in an increase of £685 million for the UK aerospace sector over the spending review period, in addition to the commitment in the budget that the ATI program will continue until 2031. With support from the Aerospace Growth Partnership and with industry-matching government investments, ATI will be in able to invest over £1 billion over the next 3 years in the advanced technology needed to achieve our net zero goals. This has allowed us to re-open ATI funding to new applications from April and we will work with BEIS and Innovate UK to ensure this funding drives UK economic growth and reduces global aviation emissions.

The government also confirmed today that the ATI program will reopen to new applications for funding on Monday 4 April.

The ATI program started in 2013, has secured over 81,000 high value jobs and added £97billion to the economy to date. It co-funds industry-led innovation in civil aerospace technology and manufacturing, supporting the development of the next generation of zero- or ultra-low-carbon aircraft, while strengthening the competitive position of the UK in civil aerospace.

Due to its success, the ATI program has been extended to 2031. This commitment gives industry the confidence to continue to co-invest with government, driving growth, jobs, innovation and reducing costs. aviation emissions.

Aviation Minister Robert Courts said:

As the government prepares to release our Jet Zero strategy this summer, it is good to see new funding to support the development of new aerospace technologies.

This funding, which comes on top of the £180m government funding already announced to support sustainable aviation fuels in the UK, shows how we are helping our aviation sector to decarbonise while maintaining its vital role. in connecting people.

The ATI program is a key part of the government’s Jet Zero policy, which includes the Jet Zero Council, created to bring together government, industry and academia, and chaired jointly by the Secretary for Business and the Secretary for Transportation. A final Jet Zero strategy will be released this summer.

This funding comes on top of £180m of new government funding announced in the Net Zero Strategy to support the deployment and commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel plants in the UK.


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