Applications are now open for the new Future of Air Mobility (FAM) Accelerator, in which we are seeking innovative digital solutions for the new and evolving landscape within the aviation industry.
In partnership with the Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the accelerator will be selecting 12 SMEs to join a 6-month programme, where they will receive support from a consortium of industry, academic and regulatory partners on the trial and testing of disruptive innovations.
Simon Masters, Deputy Challenge Director of the Future Flight challenge at UKRI said: “The Future Flight challenge is actively looking to push the boundaries of aviation technology and encourage new players into the market. We are delighted to be working with Connected Places Catapult to deliver this accelerator programme, providing SMEs a great opportunity to trial and test their disruptive innovations.
The programme is looking for SMEs of TRL6+, though is open to receiving applications from earlier stage businesses that are aligned with the key challenges set out below:
- Data-Driven Aviation: We’re looking at how we can better capture and utilise data to increase operational and commercial efficiency within the aviation industry. Whether this is with the collection of on-aircraft, airside operations or customer data, we would like to see how data gathered can enhance decision-making.
- Smart Airports: We’re looking at how we can integrate the next generation of autonomous solutions into airport management and security operations, alongside exploring disruptive technologies that will support the aviation industry in reaching Net Zero targets.
- Advanced Air Mobility: We’re looking at how we can accelerate the development of Advanced Air Mobility by exploring the systems, infrastructure technologies and modelling and simulation tools required for commercialisation.
Connected Places Catapult will be delivering the programme in partnership with Plus X who will support the SMEs through a bespoke programme roadmap tailored to their requirements, including investment readiness, technology and product development support, alongside introductions to aviation stakeholders and potential customers. These activities will be co-designed with SMEs in order to grow their businesses and adapt propositions to programme partner requirements.
SMEs will have the opportunity to access funding through the accelerator programme, which will be used for the testing and trialing of live demonstrations. However, funding is not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a project-by-project basis by the programme partners.
Applications for the Future of Air Mobility Accelerator are now live!
The deadline for submission to this programme will be at 23:59 on Sunday 26th September, after which applications will be evaluated and through several rounds of interviews, the final 12 SMEs will be selected.
To find out more information about the programme and your eligibility to apply, please visit our programme page.
On the 9th September, Connected Places Catapult hosted a programme support webinar, showcasing the upcoming Future Air Mobility Accelerator.
The webinar covered the journey of the programme to date, including initial market analysis conducted by Connected Places Catapult that created the foundations of the programme, presentations from partners and information on the challenges that have been set, alongside supporting information on the overall programme vision and guidance on the application process.
Watch the webinar recording below.