International Partnership Programme: space projects in developing countries

Information on the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme (IPP), which funds space-related projects that improve people’s lives in developing countries.

About the programme

The International Partnership Programme (IPP), run by the UK Space Agency and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, was established as a five-year programme in 2016 to utilise UK expertise in satellite technology and data services to help tackle development challenges. IPP completed its latest phase of work at the end of March 2022.

To support the creation of new programmes, the UK Space Agency has decided to conclude the International Partnership Programme.  We will be setting out new opportunities for UK space organisations to grow their businesses, innovate and work with global partners in due course.

Through IPP’s portfolio of 43 projects in 47 countries designed to help tackle specific development challenges we have successfully demonstrated the case for investment in space, trained over 7,000 people on the use of innovative space-enabled solutions, unlocked new trade opportunities, and prevented more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 from being released.

Funding opportunities for businesses

The IPP provides funding opportunities for businesses operating in the UK space and related sectors.

There are currently no open funding opportunities for the IPP. However, the UK Space Agency may have others that you could apply for. Read below to find out what other funding opportunities are currently available.

Programme evaluations

Learn more about the impact of the International Partnership Programme and its missions by reading the programme evaluations.

Programme guidance

Find out more about the International Partnership Programme by reading the guidance about related subjects and issues.

Published 20 September 2017
Last updated 5 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated with IPP closedown information.

  2. Updated April 2021

  3. 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.

  4. First published.