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National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP)


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• Do you have an idea that could improve a process, a technology, a supply chain or by combining existing technologies into a single product create something better than its constituent parts?
• Do you think that with funding you could introduce a change or an improvement to one of your existing products or processes that might make you a market leader?
• Do you find yourself thinking "If only I could get some support & funding I could create a new, better or quicker way of doing something?

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NATEP - Funding Innovation

How can my business benefit?

The Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) recognises that the larger aerospace companies acting alone will not be able to make the product technology advances required to sustain the UK’s market position in global aerospace markets. To remain competitive, many companies need to move up the value chain and develop new product technologies. The AGP aims to create an increased availability of market-ready, innovative technologies for prime and first tier manufacturers to incorporate into new aircraft and engines.

The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) will help these companies to develop their own innovative technologies, whilst enhancing their technology management capabilities and competitiveness. The NATEP programme builds upon the success of the regional exploitation programme previously managed in the Midlands by the MAA.

NATEP is a £40m programme over the next 3 years - its objective is to deliver 100 novel technologies. NATEP is managed by ADS, actively supported by the regional aerospace alliances and sponsored by the UK aerospace primes and Tier 1s – helping the UK to offer the right products and services, at the right time and ahead of competition. This will ensure that market opportunities are exploited with high value manufacturing work retained in the UK. NATEP is funded by the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).

Application Process & Timings


Call 2

Call 3

Call 4

Call 5

Outline application

20tMarch 2014

22nd Augus2014

15tDecember 2014




7tNovember 2014

3rMarch 2015

30tJuly 2015

Panel review/



25tNovember 2014

Mid March 2015

Early September 2015

Project Launch

Early Augus2014

Early Februar2015

Early Ma2015

Early November 2015




Do I qualify?

You don’t need an R&D department or dedicated technology development programme, NATEP is fully supported from application to project close out.

Qualifying Criteria - Supply chain collaborative technology projects

Typically: Grant is 50% of spend per partner against an overall project value of £100k - £300k. Duration up to 18 months.

Must :

  • comprise a supply chain technology partnership of at least 2 entities and preferably 3 or more and be industrially led
  • have the objective of pulling through a new technology* or process for use in a current or future project
  • show clear benefit both technically and in creating or safeguarding jobs
  • have a clear path to exploitation, typically through a prime or Tier 1 supplier
  • have collaboration agreement between partners. IP is usually retained by funded partners, subject to the agreement

* Not suitable for fundamental research but wide range of technology readiness levels considered


  • development in line with national technology roadmaps and national strategy
  • wider exploitation possibilities to enhance the advanced manufacturing sector
  • larger companies not expected to apply for funding


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