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 recognises excellence in innovation

Thursday 27 June

Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Trade addressed guests from industry, academia and government at AIRTO’s annual black tie dinner on 27 June 2019 at Stationers’ Hall, London.

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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

July 14, 2019

Her Majesty The Queen visits NIAB

NIAB welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to Cambridge on Tuesday 9th July with a celebration of 100 years of crop science.

July 1, 2019

AIRTO recognises excellence in innovation

Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Trade addressed guests at AIRTO Annual Dinner & Special Recognition Awards 2019 on 27 June.

June 19, 2019

AIRTO is pleased to announce a new Vice President

Learn more about Steve Yianni FREng

Upcoming members' events

September 4, 2019

Health & Safety Interest Group


September 16, 2019

Legal Affairs and Procurement Interest Group


September 26, 2019

Quality Managers’ Interest Group


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