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.

Oxford Economics report

The Innovation, Research and Technology (IRT) sector continues to punch well above its weight in the national economy, as shown by an independent study conducted by Oxford Economics.

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

September 17, 2018

The Smith Institute wins prestigious science prize

UK SME awarded the Operational Research Society’s acclaimed President’s Medal for its work on helping deliver on the promise of Next-Generation Mobile Services

August 28, 2018

Lucideon expert awarded for pioneering innovations in materials

Dr Phil Jackson received the Roy T Holland Medal in recognition of his pioneering work in the traditional ceramics industry

August 27, 2018

HR Wallingford produces first national picture on drainage capacity

On behalf of the Water UK led 21st Century Drainage Programme, HR Wallingford has produced the first National Picture of available capacity in the UK

Upcoming members' events

September 27, 2018

Health & Safety Interest Group


October 3, 2018

Cyber Security Interest Group


October 9, 2018

Human Resources Interest Group


Find further information and more events in our members' area