Academic Partnership and Knowledge Exchange


We support the development of academic research, and its routes to the market, by strengthening partnerships and boosting the commercialisation of your ideas. We have strong relationships with many research organisations across the UK, and actively collaborate on research and innovation projects.

We can help you to identify and make use of the world-leading research and innovation happening all across the UK in Research Organisations. We can also support you in capitalising on, and commercialising, cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

We aim to engage and collaborate with researchers and innovators, whether they focus on a specific sector or not. By encouraging non-sectoral researchers and innovators to apply their knowledge to space-derived challenges, we can bring new ideas and collectively help to innovate and grow the UK’s space sector for a better world.


We contribute to the enhancement of space relevant training courses at Research Organisations. Through our commitments, we share our knowledge base and well-established network of industry and academic relationships.

We are dedicated to ensuring that academic programmes are future proofed, and align with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in our sector. Our goal is to support the empowerment of educational institutions and their students by fostering an up-to-date, industry-relevant curriculum, ultimately preparing the next generation of professionals with the skills and insights needed to excel in our rapidly evolving field.

If you’re working on ideas using satellites and satellite data, our experts want to support and collaborate with you.

How We Can Help


The Satellite Applications Catapult supports a range of research projects and programmes across Research Organisations in a variety of ways.

We have membership across numerous advisory boards, including for research projects and programmes, and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

The Satellite Applications Catapult administers the Space Placements in Industry scheme (SPIN) for university students on behalf of the UKSA and itself hosts a number of placements each summer. We also host researchers through the Researchers in Residence (RiR) programme, managed by the Innovation Launchpad Network+.

We have developed, and now maintain, the Space Enterprise Community (SEC), providing a platform to engage across a range of stakeholders including researchers and innovators.

The Academic Expertise Portal (AEP) within the Space Capabilities Catalogue (SCC) maps the Academic Ecosystem related to space research and innovation in the UK and provides insights into the UK’s strengths. The AEP is designed to enable users to navigate the space ecosystem and identify appropriate researchers and institutions to engage, consult, and collaborate with. If you want to know more about academic portal or become a part of it, please contact our Academic Engagement Lead on

Examples of opportunities to engage and collaborate with the Satellite Applications Catapult include:

  • Collaborative research and co-development of projects
  • Horizon scanning for future priority technology areas
  • Regular meetups and co-organised events
  • Support with innovation and scale-up programmes
  • Webinar series
  • Workshops, hackathons and sandpits
  • Placements and residencies for students and researchers via the SPIN and RiR schemes, respectively

Activities such as these enable wider impact of research and innovation, Knowledge Exchange (KE), reduce skills gaps, and will ultimately enhance the growth of the UKs already flourishing space ecosystem.

Space Placements in Industry

The Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme provides placement opportunities for those considering employment in the space sector and connects space sector organisations who want to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses.

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Researchers in Residence

We support the Researchers in Residence (RIR) scheme, run by the Innovation Launchpad Network+, and funded by EPSRC. This activity is designed to enable leading academics to conduct cutting-edge research and innovation with one or more Catapult centres.

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