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Aerospace UP hour: funding under the UK Future Flight Challenge

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Please register below.


You will be able to join this virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams. You can register right up to the start of the meeting. We will then send you a link to join.

(if you don't have Teams, you don't need special software, or to download anything, you will be able to join on the web in a couple of clicks; for any issues email joanne.cole@midlandsaerospace.org.uk)

These extended Aerospace UP hours focus on innovation and technology related subjects: R&D, funding, greener aviation, additive manufacturing, aircraft electrification, specialist composites, Industry 4.0, what help companies can get from the University of Nottingham and other research and technology bodies . . .


This week's topic . . . what is the Future Flight Challenge and what funding is available this autumn? 

We'll be welcoming Vicki Murdie, Innovation Lead, Future Flight Challenge, Innovate UK to the meeting.


  • Update on Aerospace UP, including welcoming new MAA Technology Managers
  • Clean Sky 2 European aerospace research at the University of Nottingham, with Hitendra Hirani, EU Programme Manager at the Institute for Aerospace Technology
  • An introduction to Future Flight Challenge, with Vicki Murdie, Innovation Lead – Future Flight at Innovate UK


Here's some information about Future Flight Challenge to whet your appetite . . .

Future Flight Challenge

The government is investing up to £125 million to develop greener ways to fly, such as all-electric aircraft and deliveries by drone, by advancing electric and autonomous flight technologies. The investment is matched by £175 million from industry.

The Future Flight Challenge aims to bring together technologies in electrification, aviation systems and autonomy to create new modes of air travel and capability. It will:

  • create the aviation system of the future
  • increase mobility, improve connectivity and reduce congestion for people across the UK
  • advance electric and autonomous flight technologies to help the UK reach its net zero target
  • drive technology investment to the UK by increasing UK manufacturing and service opportunities.

Future Flight Challenge funding competitions

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and de.monstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • for Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1, click here.
  • for Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2, click here.

Competitions open: Monday 6 September 2021
Competitions close: Wednesday 3 November 2021 11:00am


More about the meeting

Come along with your coffee! Arrive early if you can -- like a "real" meeting -- to help us start on time, and say hello.

You’ll be able to send us your questions and comments and network with other participants during the meeting.

And we often stay behind for 15 minutes more discussion and networking, just like a normal meeting -- all are welcome!

(All that's missing is the biscuits!)

Questions before the meeting, or technical difficulties booking or joining?

email joanne.cole@midlandsaerospace.org.uk

Are you eligible for funding and expert support?

Why not see now if your organisation is eligible for funding and expert support from the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance under the Aerospace UP programme?

Click here to fill in the simple on-line eligibility check & enrolment form. In a nutshell, the criteria are:

  1. SME (business with fewer than 250 employees, turnover less than €50m)
  2. business address in Midlands.

For any questions about the form and eligibility contact Sarah Walker, ERDF Project Manager, Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham - s.walker@nottingham.ac.uk.

Register now!


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