Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 1, fast track development

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Competition opens: Monday 11 May 2020 Competition closes: Wednesday 1 July 2020 12:00pm

Innovate UK will invest up to £30 million in innovation projects as part of phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge. We will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground.

This is phase 2 of a 3-phase programme. In this phase, we are funding projects up to 18 months duration. We particularly welcome projects of shorter duration who can deliver rapid impact.

This competition phase has 2 strands. This is strand 1.

Strand 1, the ‘fast track’ strand encourages applications from smaller businesses and organisations who may not work within the aerospace or aviation sector.

Strand 2 will focus on larger projects and encourage applications that seek to integrate technologies and systems.

We plan to open phase 3 of this programme in winter 2021 when we will invite projects, including those who are not part of phase 2, to demonstrate an integrated ‘system of systems‘ approach to the operation of new air vehicles in non-segregated airspace.

For this competition, phase 2, strand 1, your proposal should describe routes into phase 3 and how you would work with other consortia.The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on the deadline stated.

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