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

July 30, 2020

Joint webinar with AIRTO and UKSPA: view the presentations and interactive session

AIRTO were delighted to host a joint webinar with UKSPA on 23rd July entitled ‘The Future of the R&D Landscape’. This webinar provided a timely opportunity to open up dialogue on a number of crucial issues facing the sector. We were very pleased to have such a well-attended and interactive session.

July 16, 2020

NPL publish paper on investment in R&D and Innovation

New paper addresses the 2.4% GDP target and the importance of measurement for productivity

July 3, 2020

AIRTO welcomes government’s Roadmap to fire up R&D

The fresh focus is characterised by honesty about the actions and investment needed to position our national R&D infrastructure to deliver on the UK’s Industrial Strategy

Upcoming members' events

September 3, 2020

AIRTO CEOs’ and Senior Executive’s Covid-19 Webex


September 9, 2020

AIRTO Gearing up to 2.4% Sub Group Meeting


AIRTO Legal Affairs and Procurement Interest Group


Find further information and more events in our members' area