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NSTP £8.5m 'Space for Growth' Briefing Day

3 Nov 2011

The UK Space Agency and its partners the Technology Strategy Board and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) are to invest up to £8.5m in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate innovation and growth across the space industry.

NSTP 'Space for Growth' Competition briefing day – 9 November 2011

This investment forms the core of the space agency’s National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) and aims to help UK industry exploit the growth opportunities identified in the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.

The NSTP is a £10m programme to promote sustainable economic growth. Further elements will be announced in due course.  The competition’s scope is in line with the R&D priorities for the UK space industry outlined in the National Space Technology Strategy and its associated technology road maps. It will also encourage the use of the infrastructure and open innovation culture established by the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell and Guildford.

This is an opportunity for promising UK technologies and applications to be developed to meet their full commercial potential and for business to explore collaborations with other sectors to establish services in new growth markets.  This competition will focus on projects that:

  • organisations to access other public/private funding where this is required
    for further development 
  • accelerate the development of innovative commercial technologies for space
  • lead to new services that exploit data gained from space-based systems
  • lead on to identifiable commercial opportunities or will position UK

Grants are typically for 50% of project costs and there is a fast track process for projects requesting up to £100K and a two stage process for larger flagship projects  (up to £2m grants).

Anybody considering applying to this competition is encouraged to register for and attend the briefing day on 9 November at ISIC Harwell.  You can register here.

This half day event includes information about the scope of the competition and the application process, along with other details of how the grant will be managed and what applicants will be expected to do.

This document (PDF, 275 Kb)  also provides guidance and key dates about the competition.

There is also a dedicated group on _connect for the competition where updates and other information will be published.

This is a Collaborative R&D programme and applicants will need partners, for help identifying new partners please contact Tim Just, Lead Technologist, Space & Satellite Navigation, Technology Strategy Board.