The UK Space Agency (UKSA) invites proposals for space technology research and development projects to the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) – Grants for Exploratory Ideas.

This NSTP Call aims to develop the capability of the UK space sector by providing seed funding for early stage innovative ideas.

Project proposals are sought for space technology research and development projects in areas including;

  • early Technology Readiness Level (TRL) innovation;
  • technology proof of concept;
  • small technology developments;
  • establishing new industrial research collaborations;
  • market studies;
  • studies into spin in or out of technologies for space.


Grants for Exploratory Ideas (GEIs) are mini studies to support innovative space technology activities. They have a maximum grant value of £10k and will be of maximum 3 months duration. The UKSA would particularly like to encourage organisations (industry, academia and SMEs) new to space technology to participate in this Call.

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