AeroSpace Cornwall

3 Jan 2018

The global aerospace and space sectors are experiencing exciting changes, and growing rapidly. Many of the advances in coming years will require innovative products, services and technologies, and the South West is one of the most capable regions that can take advantage of this.

The AeroSpace Cornwall programme promotes research, development and innovation (RD&I) across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (CIoS). It offers technical and commercial support for businesses looking to develop products, services and technologies which could add competitive advantage to the aerospace and space sectors. The programme will support RD&I projects with a team of RD&I mentors, funding, a competitiveness toolkit and innovation vouchers.

The programme is led by Cornwall Development Company, delivered in partnership with the West of England Aerospace Forum. It aims to increase the size and capability of the CIoS aerospace clusters and secure ongoing investment in them. A central platform of the programme is to develop an ‘innovation environment’ for the aerospace and space sectors by encouraging local businesses to collaborate and engage with research institutions, and take advantage of national programmes to accelerate their innovations. Although not exhaustive, key areas of focus include technologies relating to aerospace, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), embedded software for satellites and applications using earth observation, navigation and meteorology. AeroSpace Cornwall aims to secure investment from global collaborators and investors as potential end users of the products, services and technology developed as part of the programme. In addition, it will increase the performance and competitiveness of local enterprises, create highly skilled jobs and launch new products into the marketplace. 

Businesses can benefit from collaborative R&D funding for projects with a typical consortia project receiving a maximum of £150k (although there may be exceptions to this) and innovation vouchers of up to £5,000. Other assistance includes a ‘supply chain competitiveness toolkit’ which can lead to SC21 – a nationally recognised change management toolkit, as well as ongoing investment support for partner relocation to Cornwall, and financial support to attend trade shows and commercial meetings. Projects supported by the AeroSpace Cornwall programme will need to be completed by November 2019.

For further information contact Natasha Downing, on 01209 615067 or email,


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