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

August 30, 2019

AIRTO welcomes National Engineering Policy Centre’s publication on Engineering priorities for our future economy and society

Highlighting key goals for the UK around skills, innovation, digital, infrastructure and energy and climate change.

August 19, 2019

Connected Places Catapult announces “Motorway Mobility” project

Using autonomous technology to reimagine the UK’s motorways as an extensive public transport network using self-driving, electric vehicles and roadside stations.

August 15, 2019

AIRTO’s letters to government ministers re future investment in research and innovation

AIRTO is calling for key policy interventions in research and innovation.

Upcoming members' events

September 26, 2019

Quality Managers’ Interest Group


September 27, 2019

Finance Directors’ and Company Secretaries’ Interest Group (Pensions sub group)


October 10, 2019

National Laboratories Interest Group


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