If your project is in scope, the Aerospace Technology Institute will assess your application.
The assessment will consider:
- your EoI’s alignment to the UK Aerospace technology strategy
- the fit of your proposed technology with your understanding of relevant existing activity
- the capability of project partners
The evaluation has 3 stages:
You must pass each stage of evaluation in order to progress to the next stage.
The Aerospace Technology Institute will make recommendations to the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). DBT is responsible for the decision to progress your EoI proposal to phase 2 based on the Aerospace Technology Institute’s recommendation. You will then be invited by Innovate UK to apply to the next full stage Batch competition.
Further information can be found in the ATI Programme Guidance.
Your feedback following their assessment of your EoI application will be provided in a separate notification from the Aerospace Technology Institute. It will not be available through the IFS portal.
The feedback is solely the opinion of the Aerospace Technology Institute.
If your EoI application is not successful, you will be given the opportunity to discuss their feedback with the ATI should you wish to. Details of how this can be arranged will be provided in the feedback document.
Your answer to each question can be up to 400 words long. Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.
Question 1. Applicant location (not scored)
You must state the name and full registered address, including the full post code, of your organisation and any partners or subcontractors working on the project. If the registered office is not where the work is taking place, you must use the address where the work is taking place.
We are collecting this information to understand the geographical location of all applicants.
Question 2. Business opportunity
What is the business opportunity that your project addresses and what is the size of the potential market?
- the business opportunity identified and how you plan to take advantage of it
- how it is done today and the limits of current practice
- the customer needs that have been identified and how the project will meet them
- the challenges you expect to face and how you will overcome them
- the target market, and how the outputs from this project are required to progress or achieve strategic targets
- the growth opportunity your project will create
You can submit charts in a one A4 page PDF appendix to support your answer. It must be no larger than 10MB in size and legible at 100% zoom.
Question 3. Exploitation and dissemination
How will you exploit and disseminate your project results? What economic, social and environmental benefits do you expect your project to deliver, and when?
- expected project outputs, including products, services, processes and capabilities
- your initial exploitation plan: the route to market, intellectual property, changes to business models or processes, research and development (R&D), and manufacturing services
- spill-over or dissemination of ideas, demonstrating how your activities will contribute to the wider aerospace industry and other sectors
- the UK benefits expected to be delivered as a result of this project, such as R&D and capital expenditure, supply chain, jobs, training and skills, and environmental benefits
Question 4. Technical approach and management
What technical approach will you use and how will you manage your project?
- the technical approach, including the main objectives of the work
- how and why the approach is appropriate
- how you will make sure the innovative steps in the project are achievable
- how you will measure your success
- the areas of work and your objectives
You must submit a work breakdown structure (including the cost of each work package) in a one page A4 PDF appendix to support your answer. It must be no larger than 10MB in size and legible at 100% zoom.
Question 5. Innovation
What is innovative about your project?
- how it will push boundaries beyond current leading-edge science and technology
- how it will apply existing technologies in new areas
- what competitors are doing, and how they are trying to achieve the same outputs
- how and why any IP from the project will be free from restriction and readily exploited
- for industrial research projects, how the research is novel in an industrial or academic context
- for capital infrastructure projects, how your infrastructure is novel and unique
You must submit a table in a one A4 page PDF appendix to support your answer. It must be no larger than 10MB in size and legible at 100% zoom. In your table list the technology, why it is innovative, and the change in technology or manufacturing readiness at the start and end of the project.
Question 6. Skills, experience and facilities
Does your proposed project team have the right skills, experience and facilities to deliver this project?
Demonstrate that the likely project team:
- has the right mix of skills and experience to complete the project
- has a track record in managing research and development projects
- has clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
- includes project partners with clear objectives and roles or responsibilities
If you are working collaboratively with other partners, describe the benefits of this collaboration. What advantages does your consortium offer?
If you are subcontracting any work, explain why you need to. If you have chosen a subcontractor, explain your choice.
If you have not yet chosen a subcontractor:
- include details of the companies you are considering using
- explain your shortlisting process
Question 7. Adding value
How does financial support for your project from the ATI Programme add value to the UK? What will happen to the project in the absence of grant funding?
Answer both of the following:
- Why do you need this amount of grant funding? Explain what other sources of funding have been considered, including private investment, and why it is not available.
- What will happen to the project in the absence of grant funding? Describe and provide evidence for what will occur if the application for grant funding is not successful.
Question 8. Finances
Provide us with estimates of partners’ eligible costs and the grant funding you are seeking. Include any subcontractor costs. If you have chosen a subcontractor, tell us their name and the country where they will carry out the subcontracted work.
You must download and complete the attached financial template and upload it to this question as a spreadsheet. Please ensure the Eligible Project Cost Profile is broken down by project quarter. For company size and type: use micro, small, medium or large for business and RTO or Academics for non-business organisation. You can have non-grant claiming partners (for example non-UK business).
Your grant funding must meet the rules listed in ‘Eligibility’. If you are ineligible at the EoI stage for any reason, you must highlight the steps that will be taken to overcome this before full stage application (FSA).
Explain the potential uncertainty in these estimates and how these are expected to mature before FSA.
Question 9. ATI Framework agreement (not scored)
List all organisations, including your own, within your project team and indicate whether they have signed up to the ATI Framework Agreement.
Please note, to receive funding from the ATI Programme, all partners must agree to sign up to the framework agreement within 30 days of successful notification.
Question 10. Project category (not scored)
You must tell us whether your project is an industrial led research project or a capital infrastructure project.
Question 11. Internal approval status (not scored)
Has your project gone through any internal approval process? If yes, indicate it is “In Development”, “Approved” or “Fully Scoped and Approved”
For projects still in development but approved in principle as aligned to business priorities.
For projects that have been approved by the business but the financial profile of spend and resource commitment has not been signed off by business or finance.
Fully scoped and approved
For fully internally approved projects, including timing of financial spend supported by bottom-up estimates and quotes. You must also have agreement of resources to be committed over time by the business and finance.