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national aerospace technology programme natep
National Aerospace Technology Programme


National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP)

Allow development of products and manufacturing technologies at lower levels of the supply chain.

Encourage supply chain partnerships with customer participation.

Support R&D management in the supply chain.

Focus on middle TRLs.

Current phase:





National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP)Delivered by UK Aerospace supply chain companiesSupported by the UK’s regional aerospace alliancesProgramme managed by ADS, the UK national aerospace bodyFunded by BIS as part of AMSCI

objectives of natep
Objectives of NATEP
  • Deliver 100 technology capabilities in the UK aerospace supply chain
  • Develop 250 UK aerospace supply chain companies technology and business capabilities and capacities
  • Create/sustain 1200 high value jobs in the UK aerospace supply chain
  • Align aerospace OEMs, mid-caps, SMEs and HEIs/Catapults within ‘Lifting Off’ strategy and its implementation
  • Deploy developed technologies in global aerospace platforms by 2020/25
  • Using a proven model
    • (Midlands Aerospace Alliance Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (ATEP) (2006-12) -- 11 successful projects funded)

Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme

  • High temperature heat exchanger
  • Lead: HS Marston Aerospace Ltd
  • Partners:
    • Advanced Chemical Etching (SME technology provider) and Rolls-Royce (end user).
  • Objective
    • Application of new material and processes to extend operating temperature of heat exchangers by ~ 300C.
  • Deliverables
    • New manufacturing process specs and designs and report demonstrating higher temperature capability.
    • Etching of high temp corrosion free alloys demonstrated.
  • Outcomes
    • Learned how to work with higher temp material; led to successful application in new market prototype.
    • New laboratory for ACE (HF free etching of Ti) now used in major new business.



Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme

  • Aerospring
  • Lead: G&O Springs (SME)Partners:
  • Alloy Wire (SME), Reliable Spring Manufacturing (SME), Institute of Spring Technology (research provider), Aero Engine Controls, BAE Systems (end users).
  • Objective
    • To manufacture springs in novel materials chosen by the end users, eg titanium and nickel alloys.
    • Testing the springs.
    • Update existing design packages with test data, allowing lower mass designs.
  • Deliverables
    • CAD design package with new test data.
    • Validated test data - accurate fatigue predictions for the first time.
    • Cross-sector applications identified.
    • Engineers from new customers have access to software.


atep structured process to technology development and supplier development
ATEP: Structured process to technology development and supplier development

Suppliers working directly with customers

Facilitated technology planning

Access to programme management expertise

Sustained independent mentoring

Industry directing universities

Support with global customers


Sharing the long-term requirements vision


Supply chain technology planning


Technical and business feasibility



and business development


Customer development and technology deployment


6. Sharing best practices

Critical success factors (CSFs):

natep delivery team
NATEP delivery team

Prime/Tier 1 experts

Supporting road-mapping, governance & mentoring individual projects

Beneficiary collaborators

Developing capabilities and maturing technologies for deployment

Technical Expert Advisors

Skills training in suppliers, enhancing their capability

NATEP Delivery Team

Regional Programme Managers

R&T project management support & NATEP delivery at regional level

R&T Project Launch

Grant funding of £150,000 + matched industry funding

  • R&T project sustainability & dissemination
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Technology strategy & roadmap refresh
  • Further opportunities, TSB etc

Regional engagement

Attracting & educating prospective suppliers

  • R&T project planning & bidding
  • Building project teams
  • Bid drafting
  • R&T project assessment
  • Interviewing/bid down-selection (RAP)
  • Feedback & mentoring of unsuccessful applicants (RAP)
  • Consolidation of bids, co-ordination and approval/support (NSB)
  • Project delivery
  • R&T development
  • Skills and relationships developed
  • Project reviews

Individual R&T project duration (2 years)

Type of support

Knowledge transfer

National R&T & export strategy

  • Skills training
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Technology strategy & road mapping
  • Business skills e.g. networking & business cases, bidding process

Skills training

R&T project management

  • Skills training
  • Road mapping
  • Access to finance & R&T business dev

Project delivery

Progress reviews & mentoring reports at RAP meetings

Project delivery

1-2-1 meetings and Regional workshops

  • Project delivery
  • Regional knowledge sharing workshops
  • Follow up reviews and monitoring

Regional Advisory Panels (RAP)

National Steering Board (NSB)

  • Project delivery
  • Bid drafting support
  • Teaming clusters (networking help)
  • Administration & national co-ordination

Prime/tier1 support

Individual project support/tech help

Prime/tier1 support

‘Call launch’ conferences

Prime/tier1 support

Governance & strategy facilitation/direction

Prime/tier1 support

Deployment of solution

Prime/tier1 support

Road-mapping workshops

natep governance
NATEP Governance

National Steering Board (NSB)

B.C.C. reps

HVM Catapult rep

HMG reps

ADS Programme Manager

Industry reps

Grant funding from NSB

ADS Scotland


(West of England Aerospace Forum)

National Steering Board

Regional Advisory Panel (RAP)


(Farnborough Aerospace Consortium)



Regional Aerospace Alliance CEO

Industry reps

Academic reps

Supply Chain Collaborative Group Bid


(Midlands Aerospace Alliance)

Aerospace Wales

Regional Programme Manager


(North West Aerospace Alliance)

Supported by Regional Aeospace Alliance Team - Programme Manager/Regional Expert Advisor

Regional Expert Advisor

natep process and timing
NATEP process and timing

Access to regional/national team in support of dissemination with global customers

NSB launch programme

Marketing of new capability

RAA market the NATEP programme to regional suppliers

Call 1 – Outline application 14th Aug 2013, full application 19th Dec 2013

Call 2 – Outline application 20th Mar 2014, full application 23rd May 2014

Call 3 – Aug 2014, Call 4 – Nov 14, Call 5 – May 2015

Programme end - March 2017

Final report/project closure

Collaboration group identify project opportunity

Note: collaborative group can be from any UK region (incl directed universities)

Progress reviews via qtly management report (spend, resource, technical progress, jobs creation, risk mitigation, feedback on support)

Contact RAA team

Identify potential collaboration group and end user

Use regional/national team in support of project and its management/sustained mentoring

Create draft/final bid

Project delivery

18 month project

Use Regional/National team in support of bid through facilitated technology planning

Submit bid to RAA

RAP review of bid, RAA provide feedback and recommendation to NSB

NSB gives approval and makes grant offer

natep programme and grant cash flow summary
NATEP programme and grant cash-flow summary

Outline proposal

Final proposal

Project activity

Funding profile (£k/month)

(£23m Grant funding profile)



  • £39.5M programme running until March 2017
  • Phased over five 6-monthly competitive calls
  • The collaboration must involve a supply chain partnership and may include HVM Catapult centre (or other academic partner)
  • Technology developed must have exploitation potential – with end user involvement – ie TRL4-6
  • Grant, usually 50% of spend, ranging from £50k to £150k
  • Projects must have potential to create or safeguard jobs
  • Should have a duration of up to 18 months
  • Intellectual property will be retained by the collaborating partners

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