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Connected Capability Networks (CCN) Call for Proposals 2a: Defence and Security

29 August 2024

In 2023, building on the success of the Satellite Applications Catapult’s regional programmes, which have delivered significant growth across the UK Space Ecosystem, the Catapult sought proposals (Call 1) from bidders to develop the first pilot “Connected Capability Networks (CCN)” as a next step in the journey aligning with our key strategic foci:

  • Beyond Earth
  • Connected and Autonomous Earth
  • Sustainable Earth
  • Defence and Security

As a result, in 2024, two networks, UK-Autonomous and Connected Earth (UK-ACE) and UK Earth Observation Network for Sustainability (UK-EONS) were formed. This iteration of the CCN call (Call 2a) seeks proposals for bidders to develop a CCN on Defence and Security (D&S).

As we grow our space clusters and strengthen UK space capabilities, the CCNs will support the development of a connected space ecosystem in line with the National Space Strategy. The aim is for the CCNs is to connect complementary capability offerings across the country and to map, engage and collaborate with stakeholders in the communities of interest created and connect to adjacent, non-space sectors.

The call for proposals document provides further details and the application form. All submissions must be accompanied by a full Financial Breakdown using the template found here, as well as a signed Collaboration AgreementPlease note that the Catapult will contribute up to £90k to each CCN per annum to represent no more than 50% of the total costs.

The closing date for the submission of proposals is noon BST on Thursday 29 August 2024. We will additionally be hosting a briefing and FAQ session with a member of the Defence and Security Strategic Account team on Thursday 11 July at 10:30 AM. To attend this session, or should you have any questions about this Call for Proposals or the UK space ecosystem please get in touch with the National Capabilities and Clusters team:

In the meantime, we encourage you to join the Space Enterprise Community (SEC) platform to connect to industry, academia and government stakeholders benefiting from the power of space data and technology: