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

August 11, 2022

Minister sees innovation at AMRC Cymru on National Manufacturing Day

AMRC fully funded with a £20m grant from Welsh Government. It is the first High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult centre in Wales.

August 10, 2022

Green light for £3m GreenShed at CIEL

The GreenShed funding is part of a £54m government investment for projects across the country to develop technologies which remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere

August 9, 2022

Siemens Establishes Power Electronics Innovation Hub In The UK With The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

The partnership will deliver a series of joint projects and potential future collaborative supply chain programmes with other UK companies

Upcoming members' events

September 1, 2022

AIRTO CEOs and Senior Executives Forum meeting


September 2, 2022

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


September 8, 2022

AIRTO Health and Safety Interest Group


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