NATEP is an Aerospace Growth Partnership initiative led by ADS, the Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Sectors.

NATEP, the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme, is a UK-wide programme delivered by ADS and Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, supported by North West Aerospace Alliance and West of England Aerospace Forum and in the devolved regions by Invest Northern Ireland, Scottish Enterprise and the Welsh Government.


The programme has been successfully running since 2013 and supports companies in the aerospace supply chain to develop innovative technologies, working in collaboration with others and supported by higher tier companies. It will equip them to win new business with existing customers and to diversify their customer base.

The programme provides high calibre technical, management and mentoring support to help those companies accelerate the technology development towards market readiness alongside up to 70% grant funding.

It is an industry-led programme supported by panels of aerospace industry professionals and technology advisers throughout the English region, Northern Ireland and Scotland are contributing their time for free to support the projects.

A £10m injection of funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute ( allows the NATEP programme to support 40 more collaborative technology projects involving up to 100 companies, Universities and Research & Technology Organisations. It will sustain or create 500 high value jobs.

For further information about NATEP call the team on 01772 648800 or email Paul Bell. Full details on the project criteria and application process can be found via the NATEP website.

Previous Projects

ASCE 1 Programme

ASCE stands for Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence and the Programme was developed by the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

The programme was supported by BAE Systems, AIRBUS & Rolls-Royce and had a total budget of £4 million with a further £4 million of in kind contribution.

The objective of the Programme was to create a “World Class” supply chain in the North West of England working with a select group of strategic aerospace suppliers from various levels of the Supply Chain.

Please see the presentation ASCE 1 to understand more about the impact of the ASCE 1 Programme.

ASCE 2 Programme

The ASCE 2 Programme built upon the successful foundations created by the £8m Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence (ASCE) 1 programme, with both programmes strongly supported by the Northwest Primes. The objective of the ASCE 2 Programme was to secure a competitive base of world-class aerospace supply chain companies in the North West of England.

The ASCE 2 Programme focussed on assisting over 40 Aerospace Companies to work as a collective; forging close coupled links between industry, academia and associated support organisations.

During the programme, ASCE 2 helped to increase GVA by £125m, created 165 new jobs and safeguarded a further 404, whilst assisting over 40 key aerospace supply chain companies.

Some of the best practise developed during the programme is captured in a series of videos showing the activities undertaken by a selection of North West Companies to improve their performance. The videos can be viewed in the Videos tab within YouTube.

GAMMA Programme

The aim of the Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications (GAMMA) Programme was to develop existing software applications (‘apps’), which could also be supported by sensor integration, for managing autonomous systems for unmanned vehicles.

GAMMA was a three-year support programme to drive technology development in the emerging autonomous systems market. The programme met its contract targets and helped to strengthen the autonomous systems supply-chain in the UK. All the SMEs supported by GAMMA made technological and commercial progress towards realising their market potential.

The Programme was delivered in collaboration between North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), BAE Systems, Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Salford, UCLAN, Liverpool (including the Virtual Engineering Centre) and National Nuclear Laboratories Limited.

GAMMA supported 24 SME Projects undertaken by 18 SME’s with support from the 8 Programme partners. It also helped to create 298 indirect jobs in the wider Supply Chain as a result of the circa £1.5 Million RGF funding that was received by the participating SME’s.


A supply chain grouping working under the North West Aerospace Alliance’s Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence programme identified the commercialisation and industrialisation of 3D textile technology as a key priority for the advanced composite sector in the UK.

Intertex was a Research and Development Project, supported by the Techonology Strategy Board (TSB), that aimed to provide a step change in the competitiveness of the UK composites industry to produce high performance, high added value, hollow structural parts such as engine nacelles, UAV fuselages with tech transfer opportunities to other sectors such as wind turbine blades and bus/train carriages.

The project consortium was led by the NWAA, and included industry partners Aircelle, Sigmatex, Kaman Composites, Hyde Group, Trelleborg Offshore UK, and the Academia Parter North West Composites Centre (through the University of Manchester).

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