National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme

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The fifth and final funding call for potential NATEP projects closed in 2015.

We are hoping to obtain further funding for this superb programme in future. 


Introduction to NATEP

The £40m NATEP programme is helping UK supply chain companies develop 100 novel technologies.  It is also enhancing UK supply chain capabilities and networks and enabling them to deliver high added value to future aerospace products and services and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.

NATEP is being implemented by the UK's national aerospace strategy body, the Aerospace Growth Partnership, and includes £23m from the government department responsible for business, BIS, through its Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) fund. It is also sponsored by leading UK aerospace primes and Tier 1s: Airbus, Bombardier, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Spirit.

NATEP builds on the successful regional Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (ATEP) run by the MAA from 2006-12 - by turning ATEP into a four-year national programme.


  • A structured process to encourage the exploitation and positioning of new product or manufacturing technologies emanating 'bottom up' from UK aerospace supply chain
  • £40m programme including £23m of government funding to mature 100 undeveloped aerospace technologies and create jobs in the supply chain
  • Funds new technologies at small partnerships of SMEs, mid-cap business units with customer participation
  • Focuses on assisting innovative projects through the middle TRLs (rather than fundamental research)
  • Must have a clear route to the aerospace market
  • Complementary expert support programme boosts supply chain capabilities in R&D management, technology strategy planning, partnering and effective collaboration -- for the long term
  • Model is proven by the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (ATEP)

Further information

NATEP is managed by the UK's national aerospace body ADS, supported by the UK regional aerospace alliances (including the MAA). 

The final funding call for potential NATEP projects closed 14 May 2015. To find out more about NATEP click here

Midlands companies, including MAA members, should contact Peter Knight, MAA NATEP Technology Manager:, 02476 430 256 or 07713 893132.


NATEP case studies

Click the image to see some of the NATEP case studies

NATEP case studies Apr 2015

What they say about NATEP

"Giving a lift to UK manufacturing" from Production Engineering Solutions newsletter June 2014.

Initiatives such as the government backed Aerospace Growth Partnership seem to be producing results. Its National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) is an example. This is a £40 million funding pot aimed to help mature 100 undeveloped aerospace products or manufacturing processing technologies over the next four years.


The programme has already awarded funding for its first five projects which are now up and running and the bids for the second round of funding have now been accepted. The key benefit of the programme is its focus on helping SMEs develop their products and services. These smaller organisations often have the talented engineers and unconventional approaches that provide fertile ground for developing new ideas and technology, but not the financial resources to risk investing in a programme that may take years to produce lucrative returns. A little monetary nudge from government to help get the development process going surely has to be a good thing.


Programmes such as NATEP demonstrate that a small amount of government intervention can produce results. Few would argue for the return of wholesale nationalisation of British manufacturing industry, but a precisely targeted light touch approach to public funding is more likely to deliver the long-term strategies needed to build a balanced UK economy. You can guarantee our competitor nations are doing much the same thing and probably spending ten times more.


Ideally the rest of UK manufacturing needs to follow aerospace's example. Sectors such as the automotive industry or sustainable energy need to keep innovating to thrive and that will mean backing the 'little guy'.

Industrial members of the NATEP Regional Advisory Panel 

Adam Amadeo
Engineering Director
UTC Aerospace Systems - Marston Aerospace

Mark Barge  
Managing Director, Performance Products
Ricardo UK Ltd                                                          

Kevin Cooke
R&D Technology Centre Manager
Teer Coatings Limited  

Mark Hancock
Engineering Director
Meggitt Polymers and Composites

Robin Hill
Engineering Fellow - High Integrity Electronics
Rolls-Royce Controls and Data Services

Hitendra Hirani
EU Business Development Manager
University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology

Toby Hutton
Manager Friction & Structural Materials Engineering
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems                                    

Dan Price        
Engineering Director
ITP Engines UK Limited                                                                    

Paul Snelling 
Head of Supply Chain Collaboration Component Engineering
Rolls-Royce plc                             

Steve Sproson
Technical Manager
UTC Aerospace Systems - Actuation Systems                         

Julian Thomas      
Engineering Director    
TT Electronics, Power & Hybrid Business Unit                           

Michael Thompson
Chief Engineer: Programmes
Manufacturing Technology Centre  

Malcolm Whitmore     
Non-executive Director
Winbro Group Technologies Limited