The National Space Technology Programme is a capability programme encouraging the development of space technology in the UK space sector.
NSTP College of Reviewers open invitation
The UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme would like to invite applications from qualified and experienced individuals from academic, industrial and not-for-profit Government institutions to increase their College of Reviewers. The College of Reviewers supports the UK Space Agency’s project selection process with peer-reviews and the evaluation of proposals, providing independent advice and recommendations on which proposals might be considered for funding.
The UK Space Agency’s aim is to drive growth into the UK economy by supporting the development of space technology and skills, as embodied in the UK Space, Innovation and Growth Strategy (Space IGS).
NSTP 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. NSTP offers funding opportunities for projects across all ranges, from startup companies to more established industry. We encourage collaboration on projects both large and small, inspiring new and existing industries to develop and contribute to the growth of the UK economy.
The NSTP funds four types of grants, Flagships, Fastracks, Pathfinder and Grants for Exploratory Ideas. The NSTP team will co-ordinate and oversee the activities of each project to ensure that the Agency objectives are met.
How to apply for funding
The NSTP announces funding opportunities each year for projects that align with the National Space Technology Strategy, using related technology roadmaps. We welcome proposals across the following themes:
- access to space
- positioning, navigation and timing
- exploration and Robotics
Throughout the year we will announce project calls with varying financial opportunities to industry, academia and not for profit institutions. You will be invited to apply by providing a proposal of the work you wish to undertake, producing financial tables with project outcomes and future development.
Funding for industry is measured by General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER), with rates depending on the type of project you wish to undertake.
Future funding opportunities
Further Calls for NSTP funding will open later this year.
Currently funded projects
Grants for Exploratory Ideas (GEI)
|Project Title||Lead Organisation|
|Critical assessment of the production and performance of a large format SWIR avalanche photodiode array||Leonardo MW Ltd|
|Quantum Research CubeSat||University of Strathclyde|
|The Development of Advanced Composite Materials for Use in Non-Metallic Liquid and Gas Propellant Storage Tank Applications||Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd.|
|Cost-Effective Micro-Vibration isolation for S/C with High Stability Requirements||University of Surrey|
|Smart tanks for space – TRL raising and validation||Atout Process Limited|
|FSW & Spin-forming Modern Propellant Tanks||Horizon Space Technologies Ltd|
|AQUAJET||AVS UK Ltd. (AVS)|
|Integrated Microwave Propulsion Architecture for Telecommunications Satellite (IMPULSE)||University of Southampton|
|Space IR Camera Flight Design||Neptec UK Ltd|
|Methera System Feasibility||Methera Global Communications Limited|
|Light-field photography: Technology development of bespoke multispectral optics for Earth, lunar and planetary observations||Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited|
|3-D Printed Millimetre-wave Components for Guided-wave and Quasi-optical Systems for Spacecraft Payloads||National Physical Laboratory|
|Halo Thruster 200 Development||Surrey Satellite Technology Limited|
|Scalable On Board Data Handling Architecture for Nano and Microsatellites||University of Surrey|
|Packaging Superconducting Detectors, Sensors and Electronics for Space Applications||University of Cambridge|
|TDI CMOS Capability Development||e2v|
|Photonic SAR study||Airbus Defence and Space Limited|
|General Purpose Avionics Computing Platform for Small Satellite Launch Vehicle & Other Applications||Orbital Express Launch Limited (OrbEx)|
|Omnisat Backplane Development||Thales Alenia Space Ltd|
|HTP Turbopump Development||Lena Space Ltd.|
|Compact fibre-based optical oscillator for ground and space applications||National Physical Laboratory|
|Development of an optical fibre injector for LISA||Glasgow University|
The National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) has confirmed the selection of 21 “Pathfinder” projects. The latest group of projects to receive NSTP grant funding will support a wide range of space technology developments in companies and universities across the UK. Projects that are being funded include the development of an additive manufactured liquid rocket injector head; a light-field video system for motion-tracking in robotics, exploration and science; and the development of a prototype for the interactive visualisation of scientific data in a mixed and virtual environment. All Pathfinder projects are funded for up to 6 months and are due to complete in early spring 2019. The full list can be found below.
|Project Title||Lead Organisation|
|Development of Cost Effective Cryogenic Propellant Tanks||Geodome Ltd|
|Vast Satcom Antenna||Airbus Defence and Space Ltd|
|Drag Sail Dynamics: From Deployment to Demise||Belstead Research Ltd|
|Additive manufacturing of CubeSat mirrors||Science and Technologies Research Council as part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation|
|Development of a Novel Laser Steering Mechanism (NLSM)||University of Surrey|
|Resistojet Thruster RT-01||Lyonspace Limited|
|Radiation Hard Space Power Sheets||University of Cambridge|
|Mars Dust Removal System||Magna Parva Ltd|
|LOCALS: Low Cost Approaches to Launch range Safety||UK Launch Services Ltd|
|Prometheus - A low cost scalable thermoelectric generator for Space applications||EU ECO Technologies Ltd|
|MiniTANK||The University of Sheffield (USFD)|
|Structured Light Lidar||Neptec UK Limited|
|AM Injector Head Development||Lena Space Limited|
|Frequency Scanned Antenna||Airbus Defence and Space Ltd|
|Thrust Balance||AVS Added Value Solutions UK Ltd|
|Project Lambda: An industrial collaboration to enable the application of new alloys to additively manufactured rocket engines||Airborne Engineering Ltd|
|High Voltage Unit for the Electrospray Thruster of Southampton University||AVS Added Value Solutions UK Ltd|
|CubeSat Camera: Imaging Sensor Testing||Science and Technologies Research Council as part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation|
|TrackerCam: Technology development of a light-field video system for motion tracking in robotics, exploration and science||Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited|
|Immersive space science and engineering data visualisation in mixed and virtual reality||University of Southampton|
|Development of an Innovative Dry Neutraliser for Low Power Ion Engines||Mars Space Ltd|