• Where consensus on the prioritisation and/or allocation of funds cannot be reached by the ASF Decision Board, the matter will be escalated to the Joint DfT/CAA AMS Co-Sponsor Programme Board for guidance on making a final decision.

    Project closure will be based on submission of a Project Completion Report, in line with the funding proposal documentation and the Statement of Works (SoW).

    CAA intends to issue two calls a year, one in Spring and one in Autumn. Since we issued a call in September 2021, the next call is expected in March/April 2022.

    Based on feedback received following an unsuccessful application, the applicant has the opportunity to submit a revised application in the next call round

    The ASF is funded through the UK State En-route unit rate for commercial air transport and has been agreed for the period 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2024. Any funds not invested or allocated to specific projects will be returned to airlines through an adjustment to the unit rate in the following reference period. This may need to be adjusted in light of a move away from the five year reference period to Dec 2024 to align with a new reference period covering 2023 to 2027.

    In accordance with the process set out in this document, each funding proposal will require engagement with and endorsement from industry stakeholders prior to fund application.

    Each applicant must present a clear evidence-based business case needs to the Advisory Board, highlighting its relevance to (one of) the AMS initiatives. For example, addressing a gap in funding for research and development studies or delivering on elements of enabling works to improve the benefits delivered by a specific AMS initiative. 
    The Advisory Board will assess on a case by case basis whether the stakeholder engagement and endorsement has been achieved before it's been considered further.

    Applications that are submitted after the deadline announced by CAA will not be considered and would have to be resubmitted in the next call round.

    Once an application has been received by the CAA, the Advisory Board will work with applicants and provide feedback on how their proposals can be improved. Applicants can take this feedback on board and make changes to their proposal before the deadline.

    Depending on the recommendations made by the Advisory Board, the Decision Board may ask the relevant proposer for a presentation on their proposal if needed.

    The CAA has committed to reviewing and revising the AMS in 2021, to reflect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, outcomes of the UK-EU Transition and to capture requirements of emerging new stakeholders. Whilst the main focus of the review will be on the overarching vision and objectives, CAA anticipates that some rationalisation of the current initiatives, in terms of their form and format in the AMS, may also need to occur; but no changes will be made that could undermine modernisation activity already underway. 

    Only funding proposals from registered businesses or organisations with a verifiable UK bank account will be considered, so not from individuals. CAA will independently verify the bank account details. 

    Payments from the Fund will be facilitated through the ASF Claims Process. Project sponsors will have to submit appropriate evidence of milestone completion and any relevant invoices to support the claim.  Payments will be made directly to the successful applicants' (project sponsors') pre-approved bank account and not to any third-party suppliers.  
    The full funding amount will be agreed in the SoW, but a 10% contingency fee is accounted for and can be accessed upon request to and permission from the CAA.

  • Contact us

    For any questions, please email airspace.modernisation@caa.co.uk