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’s latest Position Statement…More D!

A more DEVELOPMENT-focused
strategy for paving the way to IMPACT

The time has come to focus more on the ‘DEVELOPMENT’ aspects of R&D in our national strategic planning to complement our undoubtedly world-class research base. AIRTO is calling for more DEVELOPMENT-focused strategy for paving the way to IMPACT: Innovation that is Market Pulled, Applied, Commercially Translated!

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

October 12, 2020

AIRTO Board – call for nominations for member director vacancies

The AIRTO Board is seeking to fill two vacancies for member directors.

October 8, 2020

New President for AIRTO announced!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Yianni FREng as President of AIRTO, succeeding Professor Richard Brook OBE FREng who takes up the role of Vice President

October 5, 2020

AIRTO secondment opportunity – location flexible

Application deadline 12 October 2020

Upcoming members' events

October 30, 2020

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


November 4, 2020

AIRTO CEOs’ and Senior Executive’s Covid-19 Strategic Planning


November 12, 2020

AIRTO Gearing up to 2.4% Interest Group Meeting


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