The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a £30M per year programme, which uses expertise in space-based solutions, applications and capability to provide a sustainable economic or societal benefit to emerging nations and developing economies. IPP is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government, which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. The GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.
This call for proposals (or ‘call’) comprises three separate categories:
- Call 3A: Open call
- Call 3B: Strategic call with Australia – All-Weather Decision-Support Service for the Pacific
- Call 3C: Strategic call – Climate Resilience Planning for Developing Countries
Organisations can choose which category they want to bid into: A, B or C or multiple.
This call is structured differently to previous ones, where the main differences are:
- Funding is initially for a one-year ‘Discovery Phase’, which will run from April 2020 until March 2021;
- Pending confirmation of IPP funding beyond March 2021, Discovery Phase projects will be assessed, where those passing the bar will be funded into a multi-year ‘Operational Phase’.
IPP projects must deliver a sustainable satellite-enabled solution to partners in a developing country, demonstrating measurable impact to a DAC list country.