Get involved with the NATEP program



The Aerospace Growth Partnership developed the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) aimed at small and medium sized suppliers to help them develop their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.

SME's - Do you need up to £150K to develop an innovative idea?!


  • Supported by Major Aerospace Primes
  • Program delivered in 18 months
  • Mentored by a technology manager


Next Call for Funding Autumn 2020 Call Period:

March 2020 - November 2020

Submission Deadline:

31st May 2020


NATEP Project Criteria

  • 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 grant. 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 grant request is £150,000 - match funded by industry
  • 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

For more information head to the NATEP website