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

April 15, 2021

COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

A though-piece from Professor Richard Brook OBE FREng, Vice President, AIRTO, reflecting on lessons learned from tackling the COVID-19 pandemic relevant to the climate crisis.

April 15, 2021

Glass Futures, Enric and Diageo create the most sustainable Scotch Whisky Bottles ever

A successful innovation pilot has pioneered the lowest carbon footprint glass bottles ever produced for a Scotch whisky brand

April 1, 2021

Addressing future skills gaps

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the AMRC Training Centre are part of an exciting new project to develop high-quality modular courses focused on upskilling employees to help address future skills gaps in key sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

Upcoming members' events

April 23, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


April 28, 2021

AIRTO Legal Affairs and Procurement Interest Group


April 29, 2021

AIRTO CEOs’ and Senior Executives’ Forum meeting


Find further information and more events in our members' area