Guidance

Apply for funding: space ideas, community and educational

Details on funding for programmes run with the space sector, academic, education and community partners.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the successor programme to the EU FP7 programme and is the EU’s main instrument for the funding of research and innovation in science, engineering and technology.

H2020 support in the UK

The Agency’s H2020 UK website offers a complete guide to H2020 funding and will help you to identify which funding stream to apply for and explain how to apply. For more support in making applications for H2020 funding, contact the H2020 UK team.

International Partnership Programme

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a 5 year, £152 million programme run by the UK Space Agency. 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 is running a call for proposals to select 1 successful bid (that can include multiple organisations) to deliver a “satellite-enabled data services for public policy” course.

‘Satellite-enabled data services: public policy course’ is a call for bidders to deliver a course which will increase the knowledge and confidence of DAC list country Public Administrators to develop and exploit satellite data services as a policy delivery tool within their departments. It would do so by addressing possible uses of satellite data, the underlying techniques, the programmatic, fiscal and operational consequences and the types of policy improvements that could be measured and delivered. The course must build confidence through trusted advice about practical and meaningful examples and outlining evidence of opportunities and challenges.

National Space Technology Programme (NSTP)

The National Space Technology Programme encourages the development of space technology in the UK space sector. The programme offers support by funding industry, academia and other (not for profit) government institutions, who are looking to develop technology and build new capabilities for the UK Space sector.

Space Exploration - Aurora

Aurora programme

The UK Space Agency is responsible for the national Aurora programme, previously funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The programme funds both industry and academia in the fields of planetary science, astrobiology, space instrumentation and the development of new technologies to exploit the opportunities of space missions.

This programme consists of the following elements.

Aurora science - national funding is available for science related to the Aurora space exploration programme.

Aurora outreach - national funding for outreach opportunities related to the Aurora space exploration programme.

Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP)

Enabling the public sector to save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions by using space technology and data.

Call for proposals

We welcome expressions of interest for projects that help the public sector take steps towards making satellite data products and services part of routine operational use. The SSGP ambition is to help the public sector create sustainable operational services from satellite data and products to enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making.

The call:

  • is open to any organisation inc public sector, academic and commercial companies
  • could be used to build a business case, host workshops, reduce risk, demonstrate ideas
  • could be used to help leverage monies from other sources or be part of a bigger programme
  • should cover use of one or more of Earth Observation, Satellite Communications, Position, Navigation and Timing by one or more public sector end users

Full details and criteria can be found on the SSGP website.

Space Placements in INdustry

The applications for 2020 placements have now closed. Thank you to all who took part in the SPIN scheme - we hope you enjoyed the fantastic opportunity to work at some of the UK’s leading space companies.

Statement of interest to outline a new project

The UK Space Agency funds new space science and exploration projects. To begin this process, statements of interest should be sent directly to the UK Space Agency.

The SOI process and peer review of projects

As appropriate, the UK Space Agency Science Programme Advisory Committee (SPAC) and Aurora Advisory Committee (AurAC) will review statements of interest. The UK Space Agency will then provide feedback to applicants on whether or not a full proposal shall be invited. The Science and Technology Facilities Council science committee also provides scientific advice to the Agency.

How to make an application

If you have an ‘ad hoc’ idea, ask the agency first, then complete an SOI and submit it and an advisor from the UK Space Agency will review it.

Before submitting any new proposal, the applicant must liaise with an Agency Space Science or Exploration Programme Manager. The Programme Manager will decide if the applicants are required to submit an SOI and provide advice on the timing of a submission.

Either SPAC or AurAC will consider the SOI and recommend if a full proposal should be invited for consideration by the space agency peer review panel.

Application information

Form: Statement of Interest in future major project

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Assessment criteria: Science Programme Advisory Committee

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Student support: ESA microgravity programmes

This announcement of opportunity offers up to £5,000 (if available) to support students participating in ESA microgravity programmes.

Announcement of opportunity: support for Student Teams selected for ESA Microgravity programmes

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Published 30 April 2014
Last updated 1 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. New announcement of opportunity added. Funding support for students selected for ESA microgravity programmes.

  2. Space Placements in Industry (SPIN) funding opportunity added.

  3. Page updated to reflect new space for all grant call.

  4. Dated content removed and updated with a link to the latest Space for All grant call.

  5. Calls for proposals are no longer available

  6. The 2018 space call in Horizon 2020 has been published. Information added to page.

  7. Case study document attached

  8. Space for All guidance updated

  9. IPP Finance Form added

  10. National Space Technology Programme announcement of opportunity published.

  11. Attachments inserted

  12. Space for All community grant scheme updated. New round of funding announced.

  13. Update to National Space Technology Programme funding information.

  14. International Space University (ISU) – Scholarship Scheme information added.

  15. Space for Smarter Government Programme call for proposals information added.

  16. Space for All small awards scheme documents updated.

  17. National Space Technology Programme funding round two, call for space technology proposals information added.

  18. Announcement of the second round of the National Space Technology Programme funding added.

  19. Aurora outreach announcement of opportunity, guidance and application form.

  20. First published.