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

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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Towards Zero: Read AIRTO’s latest position statement

Towards Zero: Read AIRTO’s latest position statement

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!

A Taxonomy of UK National Laboratories

AIRTO is seeking to improve the understanding and awareness of the UK’s national laboratories by making this taxonomy of selected laboratories (mostly AIRTO members) publicly available in the form of two documents.

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

May 10, 2021

Grassroots R&D is a foundation for building back better

Read AIRTO’s opinion piece – in the latest issue of Research Fortnight:

May 10, 2021

The Case for an Economy Wide Carbon Regulator

Read ES Catapult’s Report

May 6, 2021

The Smith Institute wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade

Recognition for pioneering work in spectrum auctions worldwide

Upcoming members' events

May 20, 2021

AIRTO CEOs’ and Senior Executives’ Forum meeting


AIRTO Health and Safety Interest Group Meeting


May 21, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


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