International Partnership Programme

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is the UK Space Agency’s award-winning space for sustainable development initiative

IPP is a >£150 million initiative that utilises the UK space sector’s capabilities in satellite technology and data services to deliver measurable and sustainable economic, societal and/or environmental benefits to developing countries.

Through development of new space-based solutions in partnership with developing countries – coupled with capacity development – IPP projects enable stakeholders to use satellite data in new and innovative ways to tackle specific challenges.

Since launch in 2016, IPP has grant-funded 43 projects in 47 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, tackling global development challenges such as climate and disaster resilience, food security, maritime issues, disease forecasting, and improving access to financial services, whilst facilitating new trade opportunities for the UK space sector.

IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This £1.5 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) fund supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.

ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote long-term sustainable development and growth in countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. IPP is ODA compliant, being delivered in alignment with UK Aid Strategy and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Partnership Programme

Through IPP, the UK Space Agency provides grants of between 50-100% (depending on the size and type of establishment) for organisations to run projects which provide practical and measurable impacts to end users in developing countries.

The Programme is delivered through a series of competitions run by the Agency’s IPP team – these may consist of an open call, a study scoping call, a tactical call for a specific problem identified by a developing country’s government and/or a strategic call tackling a particular theme.

Information on further call announcements can be found on the UK Space Agency’s Funding Opportunities page, or email the IPP team on and ask to be added to the IPP Basecamp collaboration site.


Published 20 September 2017
Last updated 7 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated April 2021

  2. We have added International Partnership Programme: Space for Disaster Resilience in Developing Countries and International Partnership Programme: Space for Forestry in Developing Countries reports to the collection of publications.

  3. First published.