£20 million ERDF Aerospace Unlocking Potential programme launched

Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) is a £20m three-year project which aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. The project is being delivered by the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance.

Aerospace UP is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which helps businesses to access funding and expertise to improve their performance through innovation in all aspects of their enterprise. As a pan-Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) project, Aerospace UP is available to small & medium sized businesses (SME) in 8 Midlands LEP areas, including the D2N2 LEP area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire).

There are many ways in which Aerospace UP can support SMEs, and once enrolled on the Programme, the Delivery Team will tailor a package of help based around the business needs. This package may include one or more of the following:

  • Free access to expert support and workshops covering a wide range of subjects, including new technologies, process innovation, productivity improvement, business systems.
  • Student and graduate support opportunities, both fully funded and part-funded, including internships and industrial placements
  • Grants between £1,000 and up to £100,000 over up to 18 months for collaborative research projects which demonstrate innovation in technology, processes, business systems, or work organisation.

Fully-funded support packages provided through the University’s Precision Manufacturing Centre, including consultancy on design for manufacture, access to machines and technical staff, prototyping, metrology, toolmaking.

For more information about Aerospace Unlocking Potential, visit the University of Nottingham website.


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