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NHS Future Hospitals Initiative

Fund Name

NHS Future Hospitals Initiative

Project Length

Dependent on proposal

Project Value

50-80% of the project costs



Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA), this Open Call for Proposals seeks innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of the NHS ecosystem.

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Fund Details

This call is dedicated to activities that contribute towards providing solutions in terms of products and associated services for the NHS Future Hospital. Such activities may include products and services addressing:

  • Logistical aspects (e.g. track and trace of goods, smart transportation)
  • Improved patients reach (e.g. tele-rehabilitation, tele-homecare)
  • Space-derived diagnostic tools (e.g. imaging and monitoring solutions)
  • Diagnostic collaboration networks (e.g. Artificial Intelligence assisted diagnostic service, transportable point of care solutions)

Services for improving environmental impacts (e.g. renewable energy, water treatment, air quality). The opportunity offers funding and support to companies, both for business case assessment and for the development of new, space-based services related to intelligent transport. The offer includes:

  • Technical & commercial guidance;
  • Access to our network and partners;
  • Use of the ESA brand for your service.
  • Zero-equity funding

This opportunity calls for applicants to consider the value of space technologies in relation to the NHS Future Hospitals initiative. Such technologies include:

  • Satellite Communications (SatCom)
  • Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO)
  • Satellite Navigation (SatNav)
  • Technology and solution spin-offs from Human Spaceflight


Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises activities can be funded up to 80% by the Agency, depending on the funding level authorised by the related National Delegation(s). For activities related to new technology/product development, different funding levels may apply. Selected activities can be funded up to 50% for non-SME’s.

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