Aerospace Unlocking Potential

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Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) is a £20M three-year project (2020 to 2022) which aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. 

Once enrolled on the Programme, the Delivery Team will work with you to tailor a package of help based around your 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 etc.
  • 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 etc.

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

It is not essential to have any particular project in mind at the beginning of your engagement with the Aerospace UP Delivery Team, but it may be useful to think beforehand about the areas where the Programme might be able to provide assistance. These might include:

  • ideas for new technology, business systems or processes which would help to grow your business, improve productivity, differentiate you from your competition, or give you a competitive advantage
  • ideas to improve efficiency, reduce cost of manufacture or lead time
  • problems you may be experiencing where assistance might be useful—e.g.  finding the right expertise and experience, introducing your staff to new technologies, getting interest in new ideas from potential customers
  • mapping out how your company could potentially evolve to meet future market and customer requirements
  • any quality or delivery issues where solutions might be available, but at a cost Aerospace UP may be able to part-fund
  • particular problems in the manufacture of new products where the assistance of experts might be helpful

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