UK Space Agency

UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP)

Apply for one-year funding for “Discovery Phase” projects

The UK Space Agency’s IPP, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), aims to deliver a measurable and sustainable economic or societal benefit to those in developing countries, through space-enabled Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant programmes.

The Fund will look to create sustainable partnership agreements with any ODA and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) listed countries (excluding India, China and some countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America), as well as opportunities to demonstrate the UK space sector’s unique expertise in leading in the delivery of overseas support programmes and aid work.

> Open date: 22 January 2020

> Closing date: 2 February 2020

What is available? 

There are three calls, which have £8m available in total:

  • 3A – open call, i.e. any sector or topic
  • 3B – specifically weather related systems for pacific Islands, with Australian collaboration
  • 3C – climate resilience planning (please note: this Call is only for the Discovery Phase, which must complete by 31st March 2021)

Discovery Phase projects 

This programme funds one-year “Discovery Phase” projects with a view to transitioning successful projects to a 1-4 year “Operational Phase” afterwards, subject to funding being available.

Who can apply?

The aim of the discovery phase is to ensure in-depth partnership building with the DAC partner country, detailed stakeholder mapping, user requirement gathering and co-identification of user needs, co-creation of solutions.  The operational phase is then for trial and roll-out of solutions to end users.

Projects should link to at least 1 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and deliver significant benefit in the DAC partner country. Partners in the DAC country can include government organisations, research organisations, private sector or NGOs, and are funded at 100% of project eligible costs.

UK partner intervention rates are:

  • Small/micro business: 70%
  • Medium: 60%
  • Large: 50%
  • Research organisations, Government and non profits: 80%

Have you got what it takes?

Register and apply before the 22 January 2020.

Need help?

Please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Lewis, Agri-EPI Centre’s New Business & Proposals Manager, at if you need more information.