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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AIRTO Annual Dinner 2020

Save the date: Wednesday 24 June 2020

We are delighted to give you advanced notice that next year’s AIRTO Annual Black Tie Dinner & Special Recognition Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday 24 June 2020, at Stationers’ Hall.

Further information will be made available in the new year.

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

November 21, 2019

AIRTO welcomes government’s report on future frameworks for international collaboration

AIRTO (the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations) welcomes the government’s recent report, ‘Changes and choices: Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation’.

November 19, 2019

AIRTO welcomes the recommendations of the Government Science Capability Review

AIRTO (the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations) welcomes the Government Science Capability Review and the actions it recommends to further embed government science activities into policymaking.

November 11, 2019

Earlham Institute takes part in ambitious ‘Tree of Knowledge’ to map the genomes of all life in UK

Earlham Institute (EI) has been awarded over 700k from the Wellcome Trust for the Darwin Tree of Life Project, aiming to produce a complete genomic UK biota as part of the wider Earth Biogenome Project (EBP)

Upcoming members' events

November 26, 2019

Cybersecurity Interest Group


November 27, 2019

Connecting Opportunity & Growth to Accelerate Industrial Innovation


Goring Dinner Discussion


Find further information and more events in our members' area