News / AI, AR, and VR Grant Funding Now Available for Application in the Aerospace Sector

While most Innovate UK grants have been closed for application until further notice, there are still some funding options available for companies looking to develop Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies for application in the aerospace sector.

The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation (NATEP) Programme is a £10m programme to develop 60 aerospace technologies in the UK aerospace supply chain and provides support to encourage collaborative R&D in the development of innovative technologies with aerospace applications.

As well as providing grant funding, the programme offers high calibre technical and management resources to help companies bring their technology to market.

One recent project developed and trialled Augmented Reality learning for aerospace engineering and manufacturing environments, utilising AR glasses for intuitive point-of-need training and knowledge.

While a second project applied existing dual optical and video pan-tilt-zoom camera capability to include a novel detection, classification and tracking module, allowing security authorities to effectively police  UAVs in security sensitive areas.

If you have a project which you think may qualify for NATEP support or would like to discuss other funding options for your innovation project, as a Digital Lancashire member we can refer you to ABGI, our innovation and funding partner, who can discuss this programme in further detail and offer support for potential applications. For further information please get in touch with the ABGI team at

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As a worldwide industry leader in innovation funding, ABGI are supporting their clients recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They specialise in helping companies who are already claiming tax incentives but are looking to optimise their claim, experience a better service or pay a more competitive price – or all of the above of course. For more information click here

AI, AR, and VR Grant Funding Now Available for Application in the Aerospace Sector