Emerging Industries New Value Chains Boosted by Small Flying Objects (UFO)

The Horizon 2020 (H2020) funded UFO project coordinated by Aerospace Valley, France, was launched in May 2020 with a budget of more than €4.3M. KTN is a project partner and is joined by the experience and expertise of Minalogic (France), ICT Cluster (Bulgaria), Cluj IT (Romania), Corralia (Greece), Finance Innovation (France), and Marine South East (UK). The consortium also includes the Climate–KIC as an Associated Partner.

The first UFO Ideation Presentation Session Webinar was organised on 19th November 2020, highlighting some of the project’s most important initiatives (including details on funding opportunities for SMEs and information on the upcoming open calls). Click here to view the recording.

The project will run for 30 months and aims to support European SMEs in the development of innovative products and services by integrating new technological solutions and know-how provided by Small Flying Objects (SFOs) such as drones, small satellites and high altitude platforms (HAPS), in order to address societal challenges and emerging market industries needs.

The six emerging industries are:

  1. Mobility
  2. Climate
  3. Environmental
  4. Blue Growth
  5. Digital, Creative and Gaming,
  6. Finance and Insurance

Throughout the project duration, in order to foster collaborations between SMEs from different sectors and countries, there will be Open Calls for Proposals (Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) or often they are called Cascade Funding) with an indicative budget of over €3M published on the UFO website. Overall, the project will support innovative solutions from 50 – 75 SMEs. The Climate-KIC will provide additional funding for climate change related topics that meet their own funding criteria.

For more information on the Project, the Consortium and for forthcoming Open Calls, visit the website: www.ufoproject.eu and follow on Twitter.

The UFO Call for proposals is now open. For more information and to apply, click here.

Download a brochure about the project here.

View an information video here.

A recent UFO SME Engagement Workshop took place on the 3rd and 7th December 2020 and covered the six emerging industries. Watch the recording here.

Current Small Flying Objects funding opportunities

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022

Opens: 28/07/2022 Closes: 26/10/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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iX Challenge: Novel Sensor Payloads for Asset Inspection Drones

Opens: 05/08/2022 Closes: 30/09/2022

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Futureworx to find novel sensors and/or data processing techniques that can be deployed in scenarios offering relatively low Size-Weight-Power-Cooling (SWAPC) budgets. These will initially be aimed at demanding industrial environments, such as t

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023 Round 4

Opens: 20/09/2022 Closes: 16/11/2022

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.

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