We are AIRTO

AIRTO is the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.

We assist members to network and engage collectively, we encourage enterprise, forge links and progress dialogue with key decision makers in government and industry, along with providing a forum for our members to share best practice.

Gearing up to 2.4%: Growing the UK’s R&D activity to meet the 2.4% GDP target

The UK has a thriving Innovation, Research and Technology sector, offering people with the right skills and expertise, and substantial resources, to deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The sector plays a critical independent role in sharing the cost and risk of innovation with industry. By utilising this world-class asset to its full capacity in playing a central part in achieving the government’s 2.4% target, we stand to gain global competitive advantage by improving the scope and productivity of UK industry.

AIRTO is pinpointing six levers for government to deploy to raise levels of R&D to 2.4% of GDP in the UK by 2027.

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Annual Dinner & Special Recognition Awards 2019

Thursday 27 June

Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Trade will speak at our annual Black Tie event at Stationers’ Hall, London. The call for nominations for AIRTO Special Recognition Awards is now open. Book your places!

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Our members

Our members have a presence around the world. They typically supply business-to-business and government services such as R&D, consultancy, validation and testing, multi-client project inception and management, incubation and financing.

Latest news

May 22, 2019

Shell appoints BMT offshore Malaysia

BMT secures new contract with Shell’s platforms offshore Malaysia.

May 21, 2019

UK scientists generate electricity from rare element to power future space missions

Experts, led by NNL, have generated electricity from a rare chemical element americium for the first time which may mean future space missions can be powered for up to 400 years.

May 21, 2019

Digital Catapult’s Immersive Lab MediaCityUK launched

Mayor of Greater Manchester unveils UK’s first 5G enabled immersive technology lab.

Upcoming members' events

June 14, 2019

Finance Directors and Company Secretaries Interest Group


June 26, 2019

Gearing up to 2.4% – Special Interest Group Meeting


June 27, 2019

AIRTO Annual Dinner and Special Recognition Awards 2019


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