Guidance

Apply for funding through the National Space Technology Programme

The National Space Technology Programme is a capability programme encouraging the development of space technology in the UK space sector.

Call for Flagship projects

We are inviting proposals for space technology research and development projects – Flagship projects.

Apply for a Flagship grant.

Call for Pathfinder Projects

We are inviting proposals for space technology research and development projects – Pathfinder projects.

Apply for a Pathfinder grant.

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).

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Cabling used for space technology projects.

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.

NSTP Brochure

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Project Highlights

NREP AstroTube™ Max Boom Industrial Research

Light-field photography

An optical fibre sensor to measure nanometre changes in position

Ku-Band Satellite Receiver with a difference

MicroLaunch Rectenna

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
  • sensing
  • positioning, navigation and timing
  • exploration and Robotics
  • telecommunications

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.

Project types

Project Types

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Currently funded projects

Grants for Exploratory Ideas (GEI)

Grants for Exploratory Ideas (GEI): list of projects

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Fast track

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

Pathfinder

Project Title Lead Organisation
Low Cost Stepper Motor Gearbox (SMG) Reliance Precision Ltd
Towards a Genuine Engineering Design-for-Demise Tool Belstead Research Limited
Additive manufacturing of space-based optics STFC UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Nanosatellite Telecommunications: A market and system study for Machine-to-Machine applications Clyde Space Ltd.
NREP AstroTube™ Max Boom Industrial Research Oxford Space Systems
Development of Cost Effective Cryogenic Propellant Tanks Geodome Ltd
Review and gap analysis of UK space sector technology base identifying routes to exploitation and growth via in-orbit demonstration and services In-Space Missions Ltd
Advanced real time flow Diagnosis of Rocket Engine Combustion (ADREC) Kingston University London
Scope of Mega-constellation Satellite Resource Management System E2E Services Ltd
Physics-based Modelling and Simulation of Spaceplanes Nonequilibrium Aerodynamics University of Strathclyde
BIFEP: A Beam Induced Fluorescence diagnostic device for Electronic Propulsion thrusters. AVS UK Ltd. (AVS)
Development of a mintuarised multi-spectral thermal infrared (TIR) space imaging system for improving volcanic ash monitoring University of Bristol
SNUGS: Service-based Next-generation User Ground Segment. Catena Space Ltd
Compact Multispectral Imager for Nanosatellites University of Strathclyde
Small scale drive electronics development Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd
Launch Authorisation System (LAS) Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd
Space Based Phase Change Cells for Calibration Science Technology Facilities Council
Refractory Additive Layer Manufacturing for Commercial Space Applications (RADICAL) University Of Southampton

Previously funded pathfinder projects

Previously funded pathfinder projects

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Previously funded fast track projects

Previously funded fast track projects

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Published 5 December 2016
Last updated 22 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. New funding opportunity added, Grants for Exploratory Ideas call now open.
  2. Currently funded fast track and path finder projects have been announced and a new project highlight added.
  3. First published.