NATEP Outline Proposal Stage
Calls Call Period Deadline for Outline submissions to ADS
Autumn Call 2019      July 2019 - January 2020   August 9 2019  - now closed
Spring Call 2020 October 2019 - May 2020 November 15 2019 - now closed
Autumn Call 2020 March 2020 - November 2020      May 31 2020
Spring Call 2021 October 2020 - May 2021 November 13 2020


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.

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
Download the Application form here

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.

Regional Contacts:
Name                 Organisation      Role Email Telephone
Nancy Jardine

          ADS Logo MASTER 2019

NATEP Operations Manager

   07860 853348
  020 7091 4543

Laura Weir Invest ni logo 696x643   Technology Executive
Research and Development

 (0) 28 9069 8297
  07814 590807  

Chris McLean SE logo 2    Scotland Technology Manager     0141 228 7360
    07500 854 929
Jeff Jones WG positive 40mm

   Innovation Specialist -Wales   0300 0615812
   07900 570253