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

February 25, 2020

AIRTO – Innovation Exchange: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Workshop

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are providing new solutions to technological challenges across a broad ranges of sectors, and technology is emerging to enable enhancements of processes as diverse as classification of crops in the fields to drug discovery.

February 25, 2020

Homes for Healthy Ageing Report Launch

The UK is not alone in the dramatic swell in its ageing population. “Its average age rose from 35.1 in 1974 to 38.6 in 2001 and stands at 40.2 today.”

February 20, 2020

NPL to lead National Timing Centre to protect UK from risk of satellite failure

Providing the basis for resilient time distribution across the country

Upcoming members' events

March 18, 2020

The Innovation Showcase


March 20, 2020

AIRTO Innovation Exchange Workshop on digital AI


May 6, 2020

AIRTO Legal Affairs and Procurement Interest Group Meeting


Find further information and more events in our members' area