Text update 30 March 2022: The amount of funding for the ATI programme has been updated.
The ATI Programme has been allocated £685 million from the government for the financial years 2022 to 2023 through to 2024 to 2025 to fund innovation projects. If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
Your project cannot be a mixture of industrial research and capital infrastructure investment.
Industrial research projects
Individual partners that are conducting commercial or economic activities (which may include research organisations) as part of the project can claim grant funding up to:
- 70% if you are a small or micro organisation
- 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- 50% if you are a large organisation
The total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is £18 million.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
- 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-s registered institution such as an academic
- 100% of your eligible project costs if you are an RTO, charity, non-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation
Capital infrastructure projects
Your project must focus on the construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities.
Each infrastructure project can receive total grant funding of up to £18 million and the total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs. In a collaborative capital infrastructure project between business and research organisations, the research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can claim up to 100% of their own costs. However, the total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs.
Research organisations and academic institutions acting alone or collaboratively and conducting non-economic activities can claim up to 100% funding, however you must obtain written consent from BEIS prior to submission. BEIS’ consent to request 100% does not guarantee funding and funding would be awarded on a no-subsidy basis.
Your total eligible project costs must be the investment costs in intangible and tangible assets.
If the research infrastructure pursues both economic and non-economic activities, you must:
- account for the financing, costs and revenues of each type of activity separately
- use consistently applied and objectively justifiable cost accounting principles
Access to the research infrastructure for its operation or use must be open to several users without discrimination and be granted on a transparent basis. Users must be charged the market price.
If an organisation has financed at least 10% of the investment costs of the project infrastructure, it can be granted preferential access under more favourable conditions.
The access must be in proportion to the organisation’s contribution to the investment costs and access conditions must be made publicly available.
For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.
If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.