Enabling the public sector to save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions by using space technology and data

Funding Opportunities


Advice & FundingThe Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) is a neutral team looking to bridge the gap between the public sector and the satellite industry by unlocking barriers through dialogue, education, inspiration and influencing.

The SSGP team does not claim to have expertise in all areas of satellite technology but is able to provide access to expertise in the following areas:

  • Earth Observation
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Satellite Communications
  • Applications (mobile or web)
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Business Support for SMEs

We are also willing to hear suggestions of expertise via recommendations to the team, so feel free to get in touch at ssgp@ukspaceagency.gov.uk.


Funding mechanisms

Identifying funding mechanisms to support projects which incorporate an element of space data and services can be complex. We have attempted here to collate some details of the most commonly used pots of funding, who they are relevant to and some of the major considerations.

Given the wide range of potential uses of space there are many other sources of funding relating to the applications, and the scope for including space in many different businesses and public sector areas.

The list below highlights some of the funding bodies and funding tools which are available to support developments in the use of space data and services in the commercial, public and academic areas.

Funding for the Public Sector

There are a few bodies dedicated to funding the public sector's use of space, but most funding opportunities for public sector bodies require the public body to be part of a partnership which includes a commercial company or academic institute to lead the project.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is set up to connect public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry. https://sbri.innovateuk.org

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership is for those public bodies that wish to enlist the services of recent graduates with relevant qualifications to undertake space-related projects. http://www.ktponline.org.uk

Space for Smarter Government Funding

SSGP itself will be working to ensure our limited funding pot enables the public sector to start the journey on the sustained and operational use of space. SSGP may fund projects which will lead to operational applications of space related data and services in the public sector.

More details on SSGP funding and support can be found on our Competitions Page or by contacting the team on ssgp@ukspaceagency.gov.uk.