Government investment to drive growth in aerodynamics

Government investment to drive growth in aerodynamics

10 Jul 2012

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £20 million to develop innovative strategic aerodynamic technologies that will help to re-establish the UK as the global leader in the field of aerodynamics.

The investment, which will support the work and aims of the UK Centre for Aerodynamics, was announced by the Business Secretary Vince Cable today at the Farnborough International Airshow and will be delivered through a Technology Strategy Board competition for collaborative R&D funding that opens on 16 July 2012.

The main aims of the ‘Building UK Leadership in Aerodynamics’ competition are to stimulate businesses to work together and with academia in order to accelerate progress in key high-potential aerodynamic technologies and to improve co-ordination and collaboration amongst and between UK businesses, academia and centres of aerodynamic capability.

The Business Secretary also announced today that the UK’s aerospace sector is to benefit from government investment of £7.5 million, through grant funding for 11 major, business-led, R&D projects that encourage innovative solutions to some of the high-risk, high-potential challenges facing the industry.  The projects will develop technology that will grow the sector and give the industry a competitive advantage in the global market. 

£6.8m will be provided by the Technology Strategy Board while the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will support the involvement of academic institutions with grants totalling £735,000.  The projects will be led by Airbus Operations Ltd (2 projects), EADS UK (2 projects), Goodrich Corporation, Meggitt (UK) Ltd, NATS, Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Control Systems Ltd, Rolls-Royce plc (2 projects) and Thales Avionics Ltd.

-   For further information about the Building UK Leadership in Aerodynamics competition please visit: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/building-uk-leadership-in-aerodynamics.ashx

-   BIS announcement: http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Plan-launched-to-keep-UK-aerospace-flying-high-67cc0.aspx

-   EPSRC – www.epsrc.ac.uk

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Last updated on Tuesday 10 July 2012 at 14:59

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