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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

Postponed till Autumn 2020

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we intend to hold the AIRTO Annual Black Tie Dinner & Special Recognition Awards at Stationers’ Hall in London in the autumn of 2020. The situation is clearly evolving, but we want to plan to give our members this valuable networking opportunity later in 2020, by when we hope we will all be striving for business to return to ‘normal’. Watch this space!

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

March 31, 2020

High Value Manufacturing Catapult leading VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium

UK Manufacturers unite, stepping up to deliver ventilators during the coronavirus outbreak

March 31, 2020

The Catalyst Awarded BREEAM “Outstanding” Rating

Home to AIRTO member National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA).

March 31, 2020

AIRTO’s letter to Innovate UK requesting support for UK Research and Innovation organisations

Calling on UKRI to continue to bolster businesses and the national innovation infrastructure to adjust to the unprecedented circumstances during Covid-19

Upcoming members' events

April 3, 2020

AIRTO Webex: Covid-19 Contingency Planning


April 9, 2020

AIRTO CEOs’ Webex: Covid-19 Strategic Planning


May 6, 2020

AIRTO Legal Affairs and Procurement Interest Group Meeting


Find further information and more events in our members' area