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

January 20, 2020

High Value Manufacturing Catapult CEO to Retire

Dick became the HVM Catapult’s first CEO in 2012 and he has steered the organisation to become the largest advanced manufacturing research institution in Europe.

Dick, and the seven CEOs of the centres which make up the HVM Catapult and its 3000-strong team, have presided over an extraordinary success story delivering over £2bn of new R&D activity in the UK

December 11, 2019

Hydrogen Hub Orkney (H2O) – groundbreaking hydrogen offshore project gets underway

A pioneering, multi-partner project led by The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), awarded £500,000 funding for their Hydrogen Offshore Production (HOP) Project – the first of its kind in Scotland.

December 11, 2019

Letting Go of the Wheel

Study assesses likely impact of future technology on our roads and outlines how Thatcham Research will help mitigate the risks

Upcoming members' events

January 29, 2020

AIRTO Health and Safety Interest Group meeting


February 11, 2020

National Labs Interest Group meeting


February 12, 2020



Find further information and more events in our members' area