IPP uses the UK Space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver a sustainable, economic or societal benefit to undeveloped nations and developing economies. IPP is funded from the BEIS Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). As GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) ring-fenced budget, IPP is required to be fully ODA compliant and will be delivered in line with the UN sustainability goals.
IPP seeks to maximise the practical impact on the lives of those living in developing countries by partnering with developing countries to use space solutions to solve their specific development challenges, and in doing so increase their capacity. As a secondary objective, IPP will contribute to the continued strength of the UK’s space sector; building on the unique strengths that the sector has in terms of services and technology to deliver the aid objectives. The projects within IPP span a whole range of themes; including reducing deforestation, disaster response, land-use monitoring, reducing maritime problems and deploying renewable energy.
The UK Space Agency will provide grants of between 50-100% (depending on the size and type of establishment) for organisations to run projects over the course of the 5 year programme which provide practical and measurable effects to end users in developing countries. The programme will be delivered through a series of calls run by the Agency’s IPP team. Within each call there is an open call, a study scoping call, a tactical call for a specific problem identified by a developing country’s government and a strategic call tackling a particular theme identified by Dfid. Call 1 closed in September 2016. Keep an eye on the Agency’s Funding Opportunities page for further call announcements.
You can see case studies from the pilot International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP) on the StarHub site.