Government invests £6m in aerospace innovation projects

The UK’s aerospace sector is set to benefit from £6m of government investment in collaborative research and development projects that encourage the creation of innovative solutions to some of the higher-risk challenges facing the industry.

The projects aim to develop technology that will grow the sector and give the industry a competitive advantage in the global market.

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5m in the projects and up to a further £1m may be available from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for projects with a significant, high-quality, academic research component.

The Highly Innovative Technology Enablers for Aerospace competition for collaborative R&D funding will support and encourage business investment in technology and innovation in high-risk, high-potential approaches that may not be fundable from companies’ own resources.