National Space Innovation Programme – Kick Starter – Open Call (Call 1)
Up to 18 months
£150k - £1m
The National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) contributes to the future capability of the UK space sector and research base by providing funding to develop emerging innovative technologies by raising Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) positioning UK space activities closer to commercial or scientific exploitation.
Proposals are sought for projects in areas including innovation; innovative technology proof of concept that could result in a significant technological step-change; new technology developments; establishing new academic/industrial research collaborations and feasibility studies targeting emerging disruptive technologies.
Examples of acceptable activities are:
By the end of the project, there must be a tangible improvement in the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the technology or a demonstration of advancement in approach (engineering method, technical competence etc.) that would enable and support the space industry. The UK Space Agency expects proposals to support maturity levels of TRL 1 to 4, though higher TRL developments will be considered.
UK Space Agency aims to spend a target of 30% programme budget on the following technology themes:
Proposals on any other space topic are still eligible for support in this open programme. The Authority reserves the right to award less than 30% on themed calls, based on the submissions received.