Offshore and large infrastructure assets are typically remote, costly and dangerous to inspect. As industry strives to keep costs down the commercialisation of drone technology delivers a cheap and efficient business solution. KTN are here to support companies capitalise on this rapidly evolving market by leveraging funding.

As delivery partners, KTN are supporting a variety of collaborative funding opportunities enabling the development of air mobility solutions. The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Future Flight and the UFO – Emerging Industries New Value Chains Boosted by Small Flying Objects project both offer funding for the development and deployment of drone and small flying object (SFO) applications.

Innovation is complex. This is where KTN comes in. If you’re looking for expertise to support your idea, product, service or research, KTN will not only work with you in understanding your market or challenge, but also direct you to the latest funding opportunities available.

Current funding includes:

UFO – Emerging Industries New Value Chains Boosted by Small Flying Objects Project

UFO launched a two Voucher Scheme Open Call on 27 November 2020

If your project deploys SFOs with integrated technology solutions, this competition provides funding to address societal challenges and emerging industry needs in six key industries. The proposal should therefore create new value chains within mobility, environment, blue growth, finance and insurance, climate or digital and creative gaming.

As part of the Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP) scheme (also referred to as Cascade Funding or Open Calls) a share of up to €60K per SME and up to €150K per project

to demonstrate new software techniques benefiting any of the six targeted markets.

Key dates for the UFO project

Online webinar – 18 November 2020 (catch up here)

Call opens – 27 November 2020

UFO engagement workshop (for climate and environment, and Mobility sessions) – 03 December 2020

UFO engagement workshop (for blue growth, finance and insurance, and digital, creative and gaming sessions) – 07 December 2020

Call closes – 18 February 2020

If you or any companies you engage with are interested in the call and associated events you can register here or get in touch with us at

You can also keep up-to-date with competition activities through the UFO, Twitter, LinkedIn and website


Future Flight Challenge

Future Flight is a first of a kind, £125m industrial strategy challenge fund competition. Aiming to demonstrate a fully integrated aviation system in 2024, this three-phase challenge will revolutionise; logistics and supply chain management; health care and services; and operations in hazardous and remote locations to name a few.

On 10 November 2020 the UK Government announced the phase two winners receiving funding for their ground-breaking aviation projects. Looking forward to phase three of Future Flight, KTN is supporting a variety of activities to enable consortia building.

The development of the Future Flight capability database will identify key regional resources and organisations operating and providing services within the Future Flight space. Inclusion in the capability map provides several benefits and opportunities to you and your organisation. These are; inclusion in a map showcasing regional expertise; growing industrial and public awareness of organisational capabilities; and supporting signposting to your organisation’s capabilities during consortia or collaboration requests to KTN.

Organisations are invited to submit an application for inclusion in the map by emailing KTN at

Key dates for Future Flight

Future Flight Friday webinar (Zero emission infrastructure) – 27 November 2020

If you have missed any of the previous Future Flight event recordings catch up here.

You can also keep up to date with competition activities through KTN’s, Twitter, LinkedIn and website

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