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

July 30, 2021

AIRTO Policy Associates – call for nominations

Opportunity for member representatives

July 29, 2021

Exploring the UK’s National Laboratories: see AIRTO’s piece in Breakthrough Magazine’s Summer Issue

Delivering science and innovation that underpins the UK’s economic growth

July 27, 2021

AIRTO commends government’s new Innovation Strategy

… and urges HMG to go further in boosting international collaborations and investing in the innovation ecosystem

Upcoming members' events

August 12, 2021

AIRTO CEOs and Senior Executives Forum Meeting


August 13, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


August 27, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


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