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KTN is hosting a briefing for this £8m competition looking for research and technology projects aimed at delivering world leading civil aerospace technologies.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK and Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), will invest up to £8m in research and technology projects aimed at delivering world leading civil aerospace technologies. Projects must be collaborative and include a UK SME or micro business.
Proposals must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’, which is split into the following areas:
• Vehicles
• Advanced systems
• Aerostructures
• Propulsion and power
• Cross-cutting enablers

The competition will open on the 9th November, and on behalf of Innovate UK and ATI, KTN will host an online competition briefing on Monday 2nd November. Companies wishing to apply for the competition will be given the opportunity to give a two-minute elevator pitch and pre-schedule video 1:1 meetings after the briefing. More details on these opportunities will be sent to you after registering.

KTN is hosting a briefing for this £8m competition looking for research and technology projects aimed at delivering world leading civil aerospace technologies.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK and Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), will invest up to £8m in research and technology projects aimed at delivering world leading civil aerospace technologies. Projects must be collaborative and include a UK SME or micro business.
Proposals must align with the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, ‘Accelerating Ambition’, which is split into the following areas:
• Vehicles
• Advanced systems
• Aerostructures
• Propulsion and power
• Cross-cutting enablers

The competition will open on the 9th November, and on behalf of Innovate UK and ATI, KTN will host an online competition briefing on Monday 2nd November. Companies wishing to apply for the competition will be given the opportunity to give a two-minute elevator pitch and pre-schedule video 1:1 meetings after the briefing. More details on these opportunities will be sent to you after registering.

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  1. 1. We work with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible. Through the UK’s nine leading academic and industrial funding councils, we create knowledge with impact.
  2. 2. UK Research and Innovation: vision, mission and values 3 § A research and innovation system that is fit for the future and able to respond to environmental, social and economic change on a global scale, tackling several challenges and opportunities: - developing new ideas and technologies to address the complex challenges facing all societies around the world - helping the UK to make the most of its world-class research and supporting its businesses to stay at the cutting edge - promoting public discussion about research and innovation
  3. 3. 4 Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop new ideas. We connect businesses to the people that can help them, and fund businesses and research collaborations in all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions to accelerate innovation. Innovate UK
  4. 4. - we are at the heart of delivering government’s Industrial Strategy and target of UK R&D expenditure reaching 2.4% of GDP - we act as a transformative agent for change in the UK economy by accelerating productivity and driving disruptive innovation - we support innovation, from spin-outs and start- ups to companies with the ambition to scale and grow in the UK and through global markets - we help companies of all sizes in all sectors access the research, partners, investors and markets they need to innovate and grow 5 The UK’s innovation agency
  5. 5. “To help SME’s to develop and encourage technological innovation within the civil aerospace sector, which can be exploited in the next 5 years.” Your project must: • have total eligible costs between £300,000 and £1.5 million • start by 1 September 2021 • end by 31 August 2024 • last between 12 and 36 months • involve a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) • have a creditable route to market • identify end-users • address the priorities stated in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, “Accelerating Ambition”, ATI Programme: Smaller Businesses EOI Autumn 2020
  6. 6. At least 50% of the total grant funding must go to the SMEs in your consortium. No one project partner can incur more than 70% of the total project costs. UK registered large businesses in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total project costs. • If your consortium contains more than one large business, this maximum will be shared between them. The UK registered research organisations in your consortium undertaking non-economic activities can share up to 30% of the total project costs. • If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them. ATI Programme: Smaller Businesses EOI Autumn 2020
  7. 7. For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to: • 70% if you are a UK registered micro and small organisation • 60% if you are a UK registered medium organisation • 50% if you are a UK registered large organisation • 80% of full economic costing (FEC) for academics under the terms of Je-S • 100% of your project’s total eligible costs for non-profit research and technology organisations, public sector organisations and charities acting non-economically for the purpose of this project. UK registered research organisations undertaking economic activities will be treated as businesses. ATI Programme: Smaller Businesses EOI Autumn 2020
  8. 8. Funding Call: Application Process
  9. 9. Project eligibility ü Lead must be a UK-registered business ü At least one UK SME ü Must be collaborative ü You must carry out your project in the UK ü Exploit the results from / in the UK ü All project partners must sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement Eligible Project costs £300,000 to £1.5 million Project length between 12 to 36 Start/End dates Start by 1 September 2021 End by 31 August 2024 Key eligibility criteria
  10. 10. Resubmissions, Returning grant recipients & Multiple applications Resubmission We will not award funding if you have: A resubmission is: an application Innovate UK judges as not materially different from one you've submitted before ₓ failed to exploit a previously funded project ₓ an overdue independent accountant’s report ₓ failed to comply with grant terms and conditions Multiple applications for this competition ü If your business leads an application it can only collaborate in a further 2 applications. ü If your business is not leading an application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications. ü Research Organisation, academic institutions, RTOs, charity or public sector organisations can collaborate on any number of applications.
  11. 11. • Business – Small/Micro, Medium or Large (EU definition) registered in the UK • Research Organisation (RO): • Universities (HEIs) • Non profit distributing Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) including Catapults • Public Sector Research Establishments (PSRE) • Research Council Institutes (RCI) • Public sector organisations and charities doing research activity • Check out the EU definition of a business (it may affect the grant you are able to claim) http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition_en • If you are 100% owned by a large parent company as a small subsidiary this means by EU rules you are classed as a large company and will only be entitled to the relevant grant Types of organisations we fund
  12. 12. Expression of interest competition We are not allocating any funding in the Expression of Interest competition. If you are successful in this expression of interest stage you will be invited to apply into the full-stage competition. Full-stage competition At least 50% of the total grant funding must go to the SMEs in your consortium. We are funding Industrial Research projects: • 70% if you are a UK registered micro and small organisation • 60% if you are a UK registered medium organisation • 50% if you are a UK registered large organisation • 80% of full economic costing (FEC) for academics under the terms of Je-S • 100% of your project’s total eligible costs for non-profit research and technology organisations, public sector organisations and charities acting non-economically for the purpose of this project. Two-Stage competition funding
  13. 13. • The aim of this funding is to: • optimise the level of funding to business (particularly SMEs) • recognise the importance of a research base to projects • encourage meaningful collaboration • No one project partner can incur more than 70% of the total project costs. • UK registered large businesses in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total project costs. • The UK registered research organisations in your consortium undertaking non-economic activities can share up to 30% of the total project costs. Participation Rules
  14. 14. To claim funding: Your business does not have to be UK registered with Companies House when you apply but it must be registered before you can receive funding. You are unable to claim funding if: • You are an overseas organisation so your company number begins with FC • You organisation is setup as a branch so your company number begins with BR • Your company is based in Jersey so your company number begins with JE
  15. 15. Eligibility for State Aid • Innovate UK is offering funding for the full stage competition under the General Block Exemption Regulation. This is available to eligible UK registered businesses. • We are unable to offer grant funding to limited liability companies meeting the condition known as ‘undertakings in difficulty’. • This is where more than half of a company’s subscribed share capital has disappeared as a result of accumulated losses. • This test applies to all limited liability companies except SMEs which are less than 3 years old. • If you have a parent company the test can be performed on your parent or holding company. • When submitting an application you must certify that you are eligible for state aid. If you are unsure, please take legal advice before applying. • Should you be successful, we will apply this test as part of our viability checks before confirming the grant offer. • Further information is available on our website in the general guidance under state aid
  16. 16. State Aid – Article 25 • Funding for R&D projects is split in to 3 categories; Feasibility studies, Industrial research & Experimental development. • We are using aid for research, development and innovation for this competition
  17. 17. Timeline Dates EoI Competition Opens 9 November 2020 EoI Submission Deadline 6 January 2021 at 11:00 Applicants informed 19 February 2021 Full Stage Competition Opens 1 March 2021 Full Stage Competition Deadline 31 March 2021 Applicants informed 1 May 2021 Latest project start date 1 September 2021 Key Dates We will monitor changes to the applications between EoI and Full Stage submissions
  18. 18. Innovation Funding Service (IFS)
  19. 19. Search for a funding competition and review criteria https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search
  20. 20. Applicant: create an account To create your account: UK based businesses - Use Companies House lookup as it speeds up our checks by providing your company number Research organisations & Universities - Enter your information manually so you’re not listed as a business on IFS and ensure you receive the correct funding
  21. 21. Project Details • Application Team - Collaborators: Invite organisations who you are working with on the project - Contributors: Invite colleagues from your own organisation to help you complete your application • Application Details - Title, Timescales • Research Category • EDI - We collect and report on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data to address under-representation in business innovation and ensure equality, diversity and inclusion across all our activities. • Project Summary - Short summary and objectives of the project including what is innovative about it • Public Description - Description of your project which will be published if you are successful • Scope - How does your project align with the scope of this competition? - If your project is not in scope, it will be ineligible for funding
  22. 22. Application form Appendix available Question 1 Business Opportunity ü Question 2 Market X Question 3 Results X Question 4 Benefits X Question 5 Technical approach ü Question 6 Innovation ü Question 7 Risks X Question 8 Team and facilities X Question 9 Costs ü Question 10 Added value to the UK X Application Questions Detailed guidance for each question is available on IFS
  23. 23. Project costs – businesses Categories for eligible business costs at full stage Labour Overheads Material costs Capital equipment usage Subcontractors Travel and subsistence Other costs https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/innovate-uk- completing-your-application-project-costs-guidance More guidance will be available on IFS for the full stage competition
  24. 24. • Enter the TSB reference number here • Enter the TSB Contribution column figures from your J-eS output document into the project costs section of the application • Upload the Je-S with council status form as a PDF at the bottom of the screen Queries about Je-S: Contact Je-S Helpdesk (not Innovate UK) • jeshelp@je-s.ukri.org • 01793 444164 Project costs – academic partners
  25. 25. Submitting your application
  26. 26. Editing a submitted application Reopen by clicking here Remember to press SUBMIT
  27. 27. Submit your application early! Be aware of the potential for last minute technical issues!
  28. 28. Assessment
  29. 29. Application assessment All applications are assessed by independent assessors drawn from industry and academia What do they look for? § Clear and concise answers § The right amount of information § not too much detail § no assumptions § Quantification and justification § A proposal that presents a viable opportunity for growth, a level of innovation that necessitates public sector investment and has the right team and approach to be successful Keep your assessors engaged and interested in your proposal. You want them to be fascinated and excited by your idea!
  30. 30. Scores and feedback
  31. 31. Project setup for successful applicants
  32. 32. IFS for successful applicants Project Set up: 8 steps to complete • Applicable to all grant claiming partners • Project details and project team must be completed within 30 days • Projects must start within 90 days or funding may be withdrawn • Confirmation of your bank account is required to ensure we are paying the correct organisation you may/will be asked to provide a redacted bank statement to confirm this • Project change requests cannot be submitted before the project starts
  33. 33. Grant claims and payments § Projects over 6 months are monitored on a quarterly basis including a visit from the appointed Monitoring Officer. Anything outside of this will be discussed on a case by case basis. § The monitoring will be carried out against a detailed project plan and financial forecast § Claims can only be made for costs incurred and paid between the project start and end dates § All grants are claimable quarterly in arrears § Claims may be subject to an independent audit (including all academic partners) according to grant size § Claims are only paid once quarterly reporting and necessary audits are complete
  34. 34. Customer Support Services: 0300 321 4357 (Monday - Friday 9am-11:30am & 2–4:30pm) support@innovateuk.ukri.org Knowledge Transfer Network: www.ktn-uk.co.uk Innovate UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk Contact
  35. 35. @InnovateUK Innovate UKInnovate UK

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