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Smart and Uncrewed Shipping

Smart and Uncrewed Shipping

Closing date 15th September 2021

ESA are looking for applications for funding for projects that shall focus on the design, development and demonstration of the downstream services and of the related space technologies and products, addressing the involved stakeholders’ priorities in the maritime sector.

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Smart and Uncrewed Shipping
Develop digital economy research communities with NetworkPlus

Develop digital economy research communities with NetworkPlus

Closing Date 29 July 2021

Apply for funding to build digital economy and manufacturing research communities. These must address one of the EPSRC digital economy theme priority areas.

The following can apply:

  • UK higher education institutions
  • research council institutes
  • UKRI-approved independent research organisations
  • public sector research establishments
  • NHS bodies with research capacity.

Your institution can only submit one lead application. Your application can have a maximum of five investigators. Each investigator can only be included on one bid. Investigators must be based in the UK.

You can apply for up to £2.6 million. We will fund this at 80% full economic cost.

Projects can last up to five years.

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Develop digital economy research communities with NetworkPlus
Gravity Challenge

Gravity Challenge

Closing Date - December 2021

Gravity Challenge is a global technology innovation program for corporates, entrepreneurs and universities to design and build solutions to real industrial, social and environmental problems using space enabled technology and capability.

Now in it’s third year, Gravity fosters a community of over 300 space tech innovators, 28 corporate challengers, 19 sponsors and 6 data and technology providers, with one shared goal - connecting world changing problems with the people who can solve them, to create economic growth and jobs.

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Gravity Challenge
Second UFO Project funding opportunity for SMEs working in ‘Small Flying  Objects’ SFOs sector

Second UFO Project funding opportunity for SMEs working in ‘Small Flying Objects’ SFOs sector

Closing Date 22nd September 2021

The UFO project is seeking to support collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new technology solutions and know how in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) sector i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems. The call is aimed at addressing technology challenges across six emerging industries including Blue Growth, Climate, Environment, Mobility technologies, Digital Creative & Gaming and Finance and Insurance.

Participation is open to all SMEs based in one of the UFO partners countries (Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania, United Kingdom); the closing date for submissions is 22nd September 2021.

Blue Growth, one of the sectors being targeted in this call, faces a number of key challenges in areas such as surveillance for illegal fishing, the management of coastal water quality, metocean monitoring and forecasting, monitoring of offshore renewable assets and aquaculture activities as well as many others.  As Blue Growth activities generally take place over very large areas of sea and ocean, airborne surveillance as well as satellite constellations and Small Flying Objects can offer valuable solutions to address these and other challenges. Maintenance of surveillance capabilities on and beneath vast areas of ocean is very challenging and requires emerging technologies as well as complex information and data services.

The UFO Call of Interest is seeking to support collaborations between SMEs which can address challenges across the 6 emerging sectors; this may include innovations and technology solutions in sensors, platforms providers, data service providers, modelling specialists and application developers. Successful applications will receive financial support through voucher schemes of up to Euro 60,000 for collaborative projects that offer solutions to the technology challenges and innovation services provided by the cluster partners.

The voucher scheme aims at establishing a process allowing SMEs to develop new cross-sectoral solutions through a combination of direct and indirect innovation actions as well as support and capacity building measures. The aim of the support and finance is to enable SMEs to bring their ideas closer to realisation and market. SMEs are encouraged to submit their cross-border and cross-sectoral disruptive ideas in this Call for proposals detailing their business proposition, technical and commercialisation challenges and the assistance they require.

For more information please contact:

Aerospace Valley (coordinator):

Thaddé BOUCHARD, +33 5 56 84 54 41, bouchard@aerospace-valley.com

David Rea, Marine South East dr@mseuk.org

For more information on the project please visit: https://www.ufoproject.eu/

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Second UFO Project funding opportunity for SMEs working in ‘Small Flying  Objects’ SFOs sector
Space Projects UK

Space Projects UK

Ongoing

SEDS and SUN have now launched SpaceProjects.uk - a new scheme that matches students with companies in the space industry for the individual project they do as a part of their degree, to provide space experience before they graduate.

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Space Projects UK
Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Feasibility Study/Demonstration Project

ESA Business Applications' Call for proposals (Direct Negotiation) is always open. Businesses from any sector can apply throughout the year, and the amount of funding may vary according to the project. The goal of this activity is for the business to develop a new commercial service that utilises one or more space asset (e.g. Satellite Navigation, Satellite Telecommunication, Earth Observation, Space Weather, Space Technologies).

The first step in order to apply is to tell us more about your idea and how you plan to implement it in the Activity Pitch Questionnaire (APQ) and send it to business@esa.int. We will provide you feedback and direct you to the relevant documentation to continue the application.

For further questions you can visit our FAQ page or contact directly your regional Ambassador.

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Call for Proposals
Space to Innovate - Alpha Drop

Space to Innovate - Alpha Drop

Closing Date 4th August 2021

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme is seeking proposals that can aid UK Defence and Security to develop future space technologies. We are looking for innovative solutions that can address a series of challenges released in “drops” throughout 2021 and 2022. These challenges follow the output of various DASA space themed activities; including Space to Innovate Phase 1 and the International Space Pitch Day.

The amount available for this campaign up to 31 March 2023 is expected to be £2m. This “campaign” approach enables varied contract values and durations to be undertaken as part of the competition, which provides larger and longer contracts for more mature technologies, whilst also enabling less mature innovations to be explored.

Challenge drops will be open to applications from all innovators and not just those that submitted successful bids in previous ones. Any queries should be sent to accelerator@dstl.gov.uk.

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Space to Innovate - Alpha Drop
SPRINT

SPRINT

SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology

SPRINT (Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology) is a space sector high-growth programme for SMEs to:

  • Innovate and develop technologies for the space sector.
  • Enter the growing space sector with existing and new products.
  • Use technologies or data from space to innovate products for your market.

How can you benefit?

The SPRINT programme enables small businesses to access funded support for collaborative projects up to £150,000 and benefit from the expertise, data and technology from five of the UK’s top space universities.

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SPRINT