26 Oct 2022

UKSA announces £15 million fund for satellite communications

The UK Space Agency is offering £15 million to revolutionise satellite communications technology, in an announcement made by Science Minister Nusrat Ghani MP. This phased entry competition will run until Spring 2023. 

The fund is aimed at helping UK companies achieve a global reach in the satellite communications sector. All aspects of the supply chain, from the creation of new satellite constellations to ground systems needed to access them, are available for funding.  

Ideas should be based on growing the UK’s presence in the space space sector and improve growth in the wider UK economy. Possible themes for a partnership include: 

  • Supporting UK space operators using disruptive new technologies and business models to become global operators. 

  • Integrating satellite and terrestrial communication, especially in 5G, and unlocking the potential of ubiquitous connectivity for people and machines. 

  • Increasing access to space for new entrants, and bringing together space and terrestrial technologies and services, e.g. in connected mobility markets (automotive, maritime and aero). 

More details, including on eligibility, can be found here

Currently the UK Space Agency is in Phase One, which is a call for ideas and partnerships. This will end in December 2022. 

SMEs should note a funding opportunity exists for them at this stage. Three £100,000 awards will be given out to new partnerships between SME-size entrants. These are not a requirement for proceeding from this stage and are for new entrants only, to develop the space sector ecosystem. 

Phase Two will examine proposals and Phase Three will see the assessment and selection of proposals.  

More information can be found here 

How to apply 

Forms to declare interest can be found here and should be sent to [email protected] 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Midday 17 November 2022.  

The deadline for the submission of Outline Proposal cover sheets is Midday 1 December 2022.  

Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Manuel R. Marti

Manuel R. Marti

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Central Government, Digital Connectivity Forum, Comms Infrastructure, UK SPF, techUK

Archie Breare

Archie Breare

Telecoms Programme Intern, techUK


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