Innovate UK Call – Emerging and Enabling Round 3

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Closing Date:

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 12:00pm


Innovate UK is offering businesses the opportunity to apply for a share of £25 million to develop technologies to stimulate future products, services and industries, including satellite applications.

The competition aims to help businesses to innovate in order to find sources of revenue from new products, processes or services. It should support the competitiveness of SMEs and large companies.

An SME can apply on its own for funding up to £100,000. All consortia must involve at least one SME. Projects are expected to last between 6 months and 3 years, with a value of £35,000 to £2 million.

Any one business or RTO may lead on one application and partner in a further 2 applications.

Space Applications

One of the priority areas is Space Applications. Proposals must have Innovations, or relate to, the use of one or more of the following technologies:

Satellite communications

These must be new services or applications that use satellite communications infrastructure or innovations related to the ground segment and user terminals. One area of interest is in innovations that will strengthen satellite industry links with other telecommunications sectors, including 5G.

Satellite positioning, navigation and timing

These must be new services or applications that use GNSS (global navigation satellite system). We are also interested in innovations that address the challenges of a disruption to GNSS (technologies that protect systems using GNSS against its loss are regarded as eligible).

Earth observation

These must be new services or applications using existing satellite infrastructure or technology that directly links to the provision of new commercial services.

Projects that include development of new satellite instruments or hardware are eligible so long as they have a clear path to exploitation as part of a service or application that uses satellite data or signals.

Briefing event

9:30-16:00 on 12 September 2017 in central London.

Further information

If you have a proposal that you would like Catapult to support, please contact by Monday 2 October 2017.

For further details about the competition, including eligibility, please visit

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