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Devolved Nations HEI Collaborations

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has extended its funding for the national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) programme. This funding will support collaborations with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This will increase the collaborative opportunities for UK space-related businesses to work with academic experts and create high value partnerships, supporting the development of the UK space sector and the growth of the UK economy.

The additional funds provided by the UKSA will allow HEIs in the devolved nations to actively engage with the SPRINT programme and benefit from the funded collaborations with industry partners that SPRINT can provide. SPRINT Innovation Vouchers of up to £50,000 awarded to successful applicants, will provide funded access to research assistance from HEIs across the ‘Celtic Arc’ of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supporting SMEs in delivering technology development and innovation for space or for space-enabled applications.

Through this opportunity, innovative UK companies can now collaborate with experts from any devolved nation university to accelerate product and service development through the commercial exploitation of space technologies and data. These projects can enable companies to exploit space technologies and data in a wide range of commercial activities including (but not limited to):

  • Space products / technologies in the space sector
  • Space technologies and data deployed in non-space markets and applications
  • Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and non-space technologies deployed in space markets

SPRINT Innovation Vouchers can also be used to support feasibility studies, business planning, market analysis and other non-technical activities vital in product development cycle.

The budget available is £200k, with additional funds expected from the industrial collaborators. SPRINT intend to award up to a minimum of 4 projects.

Full proposals are due for submission by 12 noon on Friday 17th December 2021

Applicants who wish to collaborate with SPRINT English partner universities should contact us directly.

Engagement Event

Join us to find out more about the new SPRINT funding available to develop Space Research & Innovation Projects.  This 2 day event will be held at Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November 2021. Purpose is to inform new organisations of the SPRINT Programme and the Innovation Voucher scheme as well as planned future events and additional support.

Click on the following link for further information and to Register 

Notification of Intention to Apply

Applicants are required to notify SPRINT of their intention to apply by email to [email protected], using the pro-forma, by 12 noon on Friday 3rd December 2021.

A SPRINT Innovation Adviser will then be assigned to support you through the application process.

Application Documents

The following documents form the application pack:

Here are the main dates:

Date Time Application/Project Stage
Thursday 25 / Friday 26th November 2021 12:00 noon Engagement Event, ECCI, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
Friday 3rd December 2021 12:00 noon Intention to Apply pro-forma due
Friday 17th December 2021 12:00 noon Full application due
30th June 2022 Projects complete – latest completion

All queries can be emailed to [email protected]

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