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

June 10, 2021

AIRTO discusses Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) with MP Virginia Crosbie

Exploring the role of the UK’s Innovation, Research & Technology (IRT) sector in supporting ARIA’s implementation

May 27, 2021

R&D Tax Reliefs: AIRTO responds to the consultation being run by HM Treasury and HMRC

Benefit of schemes recognised and opportunities for improvement identified

May 26, 2021

Planning permission granted for £54million Glass Futures development

Green light for delivery of global glass research and innovation facility located in St Helens

Upcoming members' events

June 16, 2021

AIRTO Quality Manager’s Interest group Meeting


June 18, 2021

AIRTO Covid-19 Contingency Planning meeting


June 28, 2021

AIRTO Board Workshop


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