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Working with Academia

We support the development and routes to market of new research by boosting the commercialisation of your ideas.


We have strong relationships with many research and academic organisations and have experience in exploiting the excellent science and engineering research conducted in universities and supporting the uptake of new technologies and solutions for commercialisation. We look to attract scientific and engineering disciplines outside the space academic base, encouraging them to apply their knowledge to space-derived challenges.

If you are developing a new idea with satellite data, our technical and business experts can help by supporting or collaborating where appropriate.

How We Can Help

Supporting academic and research organisations

The Satellite Applications Catapult has membership of advisory boards, for universities, departments, research centres, and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). We offer student placements with ourselves and our community, and also offer research residencies to increase the impact of research, knowledge exchange (KE), and co-creation with academia.

We also have an Academic Network, which is our primary method of communicating with academic and research stakeholders.

Examples of the opportunities with the Satellite Applications Catapult include:

  • Knowledge exchange fellowships
  • Collaborative research and development projects
  • Regular meetups and co-organised events
  • Support with innovation and scaleup programmes
  • Workshops
  • Internships, placements and residencies for students and researchers

Follow the links below to find out more information about out Academic Network, Knowledge Exchange success stories, networking opportunities, and partnerships.

Facilitating Partnerships

We can support with introducing you to industry partners or access to funding bodies, helping you develop your research to commercialisation.

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Centres of Excellence

Our regional Centres of Excellence have links with, and are mostly based in, universities across the UK, as well as having strong relationships with local industry.

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Academic Network

Our Academic Network is the primary method of communicating with our academic and research stakeholders. This network will create an environment for exchange of ideas, knowledge, learning and the opportunity to promote collaboration.

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Researchers in Residence

Our Researchers in Residence (RIR) activity is part of our academic engagements programme and is designed to enable leading academics to spend research visits in one or more Catapult centres.

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KE Fellows

The Satellite Applications Catapult has established the Knowledge Exchange (KE) programme to help us develop a deeper understanding of the scientific research base in the UK that is relevant to the Space sector.

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Student Placements

At the Satellite Applications Catapult we are keen to offer placements to undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of our academic engagements programme.

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The Space Enterprise Community is a new online platform designed to provide a collaborative, user friendly and centralised platform for the UK space sector. Designed to help connect a wide variety of organisations and individuals working in the sector across all UK regions, the Space Enterprise Community is the result of extensive research, scoping and development by the Catapult’s Regional Growth team (supported by the UKSA), in answer to challenges posed by colleagues across the country.

As well as connecting all commercial, academic, research and public sector stakeholders, it provides a location on which to store and share news, events, opportunities and resources. The platform also acts to encourage conversation and raise the profile of innovative projects and programmes taking place nationwide.

Case Study

GI Academic Engagement

Over the last two years, our Geospatial Intelligence team supported a variety of academic activities, these ranged from supervising PhD students and consulting with our RiR fellows, to delivering Earth Observation training courses and hosting academic workshops.

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Get in touch

Tell us about what interests you, and how you might want to get involved with our research and academic programmes and activities.

Eddie Ross

Knowledge Exchange Manager