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Innovation Vouchers available for collaborations with HEIs from devolved nations


SMEs can now apply for Innovation Vouchers of up to £50,000 for funded access to research assistance from any HEI across the ‘Celtic Arc’

Following the UK Space Agency (UKSA) extending its funding for SPRINT to support collaborations with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, SMEs can now apply for Innovation Vouchers of up to £50,000 for funded access to research assistance from any HEI across the ‘Celtic Arc’.

Through this opportunity, innovative UK companies may 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 enable companies to develop or 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 £200,000, with additional contributions expected from the industrial collaborators. SPRINT intends to award a minimum of four projects.

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

Dr Rain Irshad, Head of the national SPRINT programme said: “We’re delighted that the UKSA funding will now allow us to extend our reach to HEIs from across the devolved nations, adding significant research, data and technology capabilities with which UK SMEs can collaborate to bring innovation to their space-related products or services.”

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Engagement event
A two-day meeting is being held at Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, Edinburgh on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November 2021 to inform new organisations of the SPRINT programme and the Innovation Voucher scheme, as well as planned future events and additional support.

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