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.

Towards Zero: Read AIRTO’s latest position statement

Towards Zero: AIRTO’s latest position statement

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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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!

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

February 23, 2021

AIRTO is delighted to welcome KTN as a new member

At the KTN our mission is to connect ideas, people and communities to respond to these challenges and drive positive change through innovation.

February 23, 2021

AIRTO is delighted to welcome CIEL as a new member

CIEL is the UK’s livestock innovation Centre, helping to introduce innovative technologies and processes into livestock production – UK and worldwid

February 22, 2021

New Engineering Centre of Excellence creates 200 jobs at Mira Technology Park

REE Automotive expedites its breakthrough REEcorner and Electric Vehicle platform technology

Upcoming members' events

March 11, 2021

AIRTO’s Special Interest Group on Gearing up to 2.4% Meeting

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March 12, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting

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March 18, 2021

AIRTO CEOs’ and Senior Executives’ Forum meeting

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Find further information and more events in our members' area