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Webinar briefing launches HITEA 2 Competition, seeking highly innovative technology enablers In aerospace

Technology Strategy Board : 13 February, 2013  (Company News)
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative research and development that encourages innovative solutions to some of the higher-risk challenges facing the UK aerospace industry. This competition will continue to focus on the development of innovative or disruptive solutions in high-risk technology areas with high potential identified in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy roadmaps.
Webinar briefing launches HITEA 2 Competition, seeking highly innovative technology enablers In aerospace

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. The TSB expects to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). Collaboration with academic partners is encouraged up to a limit of 30% of the total project cost. Between £500k and £1m ill be invested in each successful project, although projects outside this range will be considered. Projects are likely to last two to three years.

This is a two-stage competition: it opened on 30 January 2013 and the deadline for registration is at noon on 6 March 2013.

  • Stage 1 - Applicants submit an expression of interest, which is assessed.
  • Stage 2 – Selected applicants invited to submit an application.

The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 13 March 2013. The second stage for invited applicants opens on 8 April 2013 and the deadline for completed applications is at noon on 15 May 2013. A webinar briefing event will be held on 7 February 2013.

This competition will continue to focus on the development of innovative or disruptive solutions in high-risk technology areas with high potential identified in the UK

The UK’s aerospace industry is the second largest in the world, with a 17% global market share, and is a major contributor to the UK’s advanced manufacturing portfolio. The UK continues to differentiate itself from other nations with capabilities in propulsion systems; complex airframe structures materials; equipment; maintenance, repair and overhaul; and system integration.

This position has been achieved through innovative stakeholders bringing leading-edge technologies to market. The growth of global air traffic over the last 50 years has been substantial, and forecasts indicate that it will continue at around 5% a year. The resulting demand for new aircraft that meet the exacting environmental and operational performance demanded by society presents an enormous opportunity.

The aerospace and air transport community has developed the UK’s Aerospace Technology Strategy (ATS). ATS focuses on those areas of the aerospace sector in which the UK is globally competitive and/or world class. Each area has a roadmap that details the sequence for transition of research into technology development and validation through to products that feed the global market.

The Aerospace, Aviation and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) actively maintains the technology roadmaps and refreshes the strategy on a regular basis.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate businesses in the UK aerospace supply chain to:

  • invest in high-risk, high-potential technology that may not be fundable from their own resources
  • improve co-ordination and collaboration between the platform integrators (for example at the aircraft, engine and major system level) and the lower levels of the industrial supply chain, including academia.

The projects must align with one or more of the following technology areas:

  • electronics for increasingly harsh environments in future aircraft designs
  • highly efficient and reliable electrical actuation
  • advanced power generation and distribution for greener aircraft
  • reduced size, weight and increased efficiency of airborne power electronics
  • optimising electromagnetic capability/electromagnetic interference robustness of aircraft systems and equipment
  • alternative power sources on future engines
  • wireless communication technology for avionics
  • advanced health management and intelligent systems
  • approaches to reducing scheduled maintenance
  • new concepts for complex integrated structural components
  • unconventional approaches to multifunctional/multimaterial components for aerospace
  • near-net and net-shape manufacturing processes for advanced metallic materials
  • advanced aerostructures maintenance and repair technologies

Application process - key dates

  • Competition opened 30 January 2013
  • Webinar Briefing 7 February 2013
  • Register via website 6 March 2013.
  • Deadline for expressions of interest 13 March 2013.
  • Second stage opens 8 April 2013
  • Deadline for invited applications is 15 May 2013


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