Future of Air Mobility Accelerator

In partnership with the Future Flight Challenge from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the upcoming Future of Air Mobility (FAM) 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. 

The programme is looking for SMEs of TRL6+, though will remain 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. 

Why partners should collaborate with us: 

The vision for the programme is a consortium approach whereby programme partners will innovate and trial new technologies collaboratively with SMEs. Through the collected efforts of Connected Places Catapult and industry stakeholders, we will provide the needed delivery support and access to governing and regulatory bodies within air mobility. 

Subsequently, Connected Places Catapult are looking for a variety of partners who can support the programme, from providing access to testing facilities and data feeds through to mentorship and academic research, all aimed at supporting the SMEs and the industry in accelerating new products and services to market. 

Through access to government and regulatory bodies, we will equally ensure the roadmap to securing lasting partnerships through aligning the accelerator with the long-term vision of government regulations and strategy. 

To find out more about the Future of Air Mobility Accelerator, please email sam.bird@cp.catapult.org.uk 

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