Innovate UK, through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, invites applications for strands 1 and 2 of the future flight challenge. This supports projects that will develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies that enable the introduction of new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones or unmanned aircraft systems, advanced air mobility vehicles, or sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft. Funding is available across two strands:

•strand 1 – for projects focusing on the demonstration aspects of novel classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles and systems, with total budgets worth between £500,000 and £15 million over a period of 12 to 24 months;

•strand 2 – for projects focusing on developing enabling technologies and cross-cutting systems that support the deployment of novel air vehicles in UK airspace, with total budgets of between £500,000 and £4m over a period of between 12 and 24 months.

All proposals must be business focused and involve an SME.

  • Closing date 03 Nov 21
  • Deadline information Applications are invited between 6 September and 11am, 3 November 2021. This call is repeated once a year.
  • Date added 23 Aug 21
  • Award type Research calls for business; Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc; Technology innovation/development
  • Award amount max £10,500,000
  • Award amount min £125,000
  • Average award amount —
  • Award budget total £65,000,000
  • Applications per institution —
  • Consortium requirements Required

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Event – Online

24 Aug 2021 09:30:AM

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ATI & ADS Scotland

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Chris Gear – FlyZero Project Director

Over the past six months the FlyZero team, made up of experts from across UK aerospace and beyond, have been thoroughly investigating the technologies which have the potential to propel the next generation of aircraft into our skies. After assessing a range of options, we’re focusing our energy on the technology bricks required to make liquid hydrogen and battery electric flights a reality and we’ll soon publish a paper on primary fuel sources to share some details behind our initial findings.

Next FlyZero webinar at 3pm on Thursday 23rd September where I’ll be joined by members of the team to share an update on our zero-carbon mission. I look forward to seeing you there.

3rd August 11.00 – 12.30

You’re invited to attend the Future Flight Challenge Ambition event where the team at Innovate UK will set out the ambition for Phase III of the competition.

The Future Flight Challenge (FFC) is a £125m government investment delivered by UKRI to advance the next generation of aviation solutions. Phase III of the competition is set to launch in autumn 2021: in readiness, Innovate UK will set out the ambition for the next phase of the programme at this online event.

If you are currently delivering a Future Flight Challenge project, or you are considering applying for the first time, it is highly recommended you attend this webinar to enable you to develop your project ideas.

During the session you will hear from Innovate UK’s Future Flight team and the CAA, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and you can book 1-2-1 meetings with other delegates via KTN’s Meeting Mojo platform.

To reserve your place, follow the book here






2pm on Tuesday 27th July                                     

In this one hour session, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council, the Future Flight team will take you through:

  • What the Future Flight Challenge at UKRI is all about
  • What it’s looking for from academia
  • How you can get involved in the upcoming Phase 3 of the challenge

If you would like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite page here:

The £300 million Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation aims to kick start the third revolution in aviation and enable the UK to build, use and export new, greener ways of flying by:

  • Evolving air space management systems
  • Designing new infrastructure concepts
  • Creating cyber-secure / connected digital systems
  • Developing new business models

To make this a reality we need help from industries and expertise in addition to aviation and aerospace. We’re looking for specialists in sectors including:

  • architecture
  • communications technology and infrastructure
  • cyber security
  • digital systems
  • meteorological and microclimates
  • socio economic and end user integration
  • urban and rural planners
  • plus input from many other sectors.

Please see the following webpages for more information on the Future Flight Challenge:

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for a University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power.

The successful candidate will be based at the Whittle Laboratory in West Cambridge.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 1 August 2021

Application details

The University of Nottingham has been awarded £7.6 million towards the development of the £16.8 million test and validation facility for aerospace electric and hybrid propulsion systems. The new award will see the commissioning of 10 new fully instrumented test cells able to validate a range of MW-class motor and generator drivetrains to cover aircraft platforms from                                                                                 UAM to SMR.


The open-access test facility will allow for greater collaborative research across the UK-ARC partnership as well as support UK based industry partners in their development programmes. The facility will be hosted within the new Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre at the University of Nottingham.


Business east Midlands Link

15th – 17th November 2021

2nd European Conference on Crashworthiness of Composite Structures

The ECCCS-2 conference aims to promote the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on the crashworthiness of composite structures. It provides and excellent forum for combining academic research and industrial works to examine crashworthiness of composite structures, as experimentally, as numerically in a wide range of domains such as aeronautics, space, automotive, sport ….

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The Network for Hydrogen Transportation (Network-H2) has been set-up by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to maximise the impact of UK-funded research and innovation.

Please see the funding opportunities below


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There have been two separate invitations, one issued by Government and the other by Industry.

The perspectives and content may differ, the links to the two information events are listed below.

European Funding Information Day, 20th May

  You are invited to join the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and ADS on Thursday 20th May at an online event to showcase the latest EU funding opportunities for the aerospace sector.

Although the UK has left the EU, it is still an Associate Member of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme that will run from 2021 to 2027. This means that UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to access funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. It is therefore fundamental that the UK innovation community is fully aware of the opportunities that remain open to them.

Why attend?
The UK has done exceptionally well from EU research programmes in previous years and in addition to the grant funding it has provided, EU schemes have enabled UK companies, universities and research organisations to broaden their knowledge, enter international supply chains at an early stage, and gain access to skills and infrastructure not readily available in the UK.

This online event will showcase the latest EU open calls/cascade funding opportunities and offer participants the opportunity to connect with potential collaborators.

We are delighted to have a great line up of speakers at this event who will offer a comprehensive overview of the various funding opportunities available.

The line up includes speakers from ATI, ADS, Clean Sky JU, the European Commission, EY NI, the University of Nottingham and more. Click here to view the full agenda.

Register now to secure your place


DfT CSA and Innovate UK Webinar 

£600m of EU funding available for transport research and innovation 

As DfT’s Chief Scientific Adviser, I would like to invite you to a webinar on funding opportunities for research and innovation available to UK researchers and businesses from the EU’s Horizon Europe R&D programme. 

 Please join us on 24th May, 1330-1430, to hear more about the opportunities available and how you can participate. 


Professor Phil Blythe, DfT Chief Scientific Advisor: overview of the programme and the importance of collaborative research to UK organisations; 

Louise Mothersole, Horizon Europe UK National Contact Point for Mobility: how UK organisations can get involved. 


There’s no need to pre-book, just save this message in your calendar and click on the link below on the day. 

Click here to join the meeting  



The UK has agreed to associate to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation framework programme. Association will give UK scientists, researchers, local authorities and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The European Commission has published a Q&A document that confirms “UK entities, including universities, research centers, scientists, innovative businesses, industry, etc. will have full rights to participate in the first calls for proposals of Horizon Europe as soon as they are published”. 


Within Horizon Europe, there are 53 separate transport or mobility related competitions due to open in 2021 with a combined budget of over €790m. Organisations from the UK have a success rate of over 30% when applying for EU framework programme grants and, in 2020, 35% of all collaborative projects funded in the transport sector had at least one UK partner.

Professor Phil Blythe 
Chief Scientific Adviser, DfT Office for Science